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Michael Vick's Pit Bulls to Make Celebrity Appearance in Pacifica

Dogs will pose for photos and give paw print autographs to promote new photo book, raise money for an advocacy group and fight negative media hype about the breed.

Survivors of Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring will visit Pacifica this weekend.

Three of the NFL player's dogs will be at  from 1p.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, to promote the launch of Philadelphia-based portrait photographer Melissa McDaniel’s new book, “Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs – 82 Dogs the Media Doesn’t Want You to Meet” and to raise money for Oakland-based non-profit BADRAP, a rescue organization for Pit Bull type dogs that formed in 1999 to fight euthanizing the animals in the Bay Area and to combat negative stereotypes about the breed.

The dogs, Jonny Justice, Teddles and Uba will be posing for photos and giving paw print “autographs” at the event. BADRAP brought them to the Bay Area with ten other of Vick’s dogs, all subjected to his dog fighting operation, after a federal judge in Virginia cleared their release. Local families adopted all 13 dogs.

Since their move to the Bay Area, each dog earned its Canine Good Citizen Certification, an award given by the American Kennel Club to recognize dogs that have “good manners at home and in the community.” Jonny went on to become a therapy dog for learning disabled children struggling to read.

Chris Corbett January 21, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Very handsome dog!
Chris Corbett January 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Since you spoke of MV, may I make a SB prediction?: Pats vs Giants, Pats winning. Of course, I'll scream until I'm hoarse for the Niners starting at 3 pm tomorrow! Go Niners!
Chris Corbett January 22, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Those of you who know who Joe Paterno is, the scandal notwithstanding, apparently he's on his deathbed right now and has not much time left. It will be a sad end to an otherwise good career. That sexual abuse scandal looks to have killed him!

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