Best Friends Animal Society and Dog Lovers Wine Club are promoting the Vicktory Dog wine collection, a celebration of the resilient spirit of the pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting operation.
The faces of pooches that survived Vick’s house of horrors and have since found a safe haven at the Utah animal sanctuary will grace the labels of wine bottles sold by the club. Ten percent of the sales will benefit community programs to end dog fighting and lobby against breed specific legislation.
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If you are a fan of “Dogtown” on the National Geographic channel, you have already met Cherry, Georgia, Denzel, Meryl and 17 other pit bulls taken from Bad Newz Kennels, the dog fighting operation Vick was funding in here in Virginia. Many of the 50 dogs were re-homed through pit bull rescues across the country; the most damaged of the dogs were sent to Best Friends, the nation’s largest no-kill shelter.
After rehabilitation, most of the Vick dogs could be eligible for adoption. One of the most traumatized and aggresive dogs, Meryl, has been ordered by a Virginia judge to spend the rest of her life at Dogtown.
Vick is currently serving a 23-month sentence in federal prison for his part in the operation. Earlier this week he pleaded guilty to state charges related to the case.
The portraits for the labels were painted by artist Cyrus Mejia as part of his project Pits and Perceptions, a collection of paintings of the breed.
“The idea behind this project is to have people confront their fears and perceptions on these dogs,” Mejia is quoted in the news release from Best Friends. “…This is my way of artistically trying to change the way people have come to think about pit bulls.”
Dog Lovers Wine Club contacted Best Friends about doing the tribute to the pooches, known collectively as the Vicktory Dogs. DLWC is a California-based wine club where members receive monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly shipments of wine with dog illustrations on the labels.
The club donates 10 percent of the profits to Bark Partners, animal welfare organizations like the Humane Society of the United States, the SPCA, or Best Friends. Members can choose which of the BarkPartners get their share of the cash generated from their wine purchases.
Click hereto see the DLWC Vicktory Dogs collection.