In 2007, 51 Pit Bulls were rescued from the Virginia residence of Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. These poor animals had suffered unimaginable abuse, including being beaten, electrocuted, hung, drowned, and forced to fight. Although three of the dogs did not survive, 48 of the brave Pitties did. Through the kindness and patience of various rescue organizations and their forever families, these once-terrified and abused dogs were shown love and compassion.
Frodo, a survivor who went through a year of hardship at Vick’s compound, has unfortunately passed away on December 18th, 2021, at the age of 15. However, after his traumatic experience, he was fortunate enough to live the next 14 years of his life like royalty, receiving pampering and care beyond measure. We bid farewell to the beloved and kind-hearted Frodo. Rest in peace.
BAD RAP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare and based in Oakland, announced the sad news of a dog’s passing on Facebook. The group had been instrumental in rehabilitating and advocating for these dogs, and their efforts were much appreciated. In their Facebook post, BAD RAP expressed their deep affection for Frodo, who they described as one of the most fearless survivors they had ever encountered.
Frodo led a joyful life surrounded by his caring family, and he passed away surrounded by their love. His final moments were reported by BAD RAP who stated that Frodo devoured a large bag of steak while his mom Kim Ramirez and daughter Dominique tearfully watched on. We extend our gratitude to Dr. Williams for providing Frodo with excellent medical care until the very end. Frodo trusted you, and you made his last moments beautiful. This is Frodo’s story of recovery.
Throughout his life, Frodo became a symbol for breaking the negative stereotypes surrounding Pit Bulls. He exemplified the values of patience and kindness in a dog’s life. BAD RAP, an organization experienced with dogs rescued from fights, understood the potential of these dogs. They believe that canines with challenging pasts deserve a second chance at life. BAD RAP recognizes that pups like Frodo require socialization from an early age to ensure they grow up to be strong and courageous. Frodo himself was only a few months old when the police apprehended him. Unfortunately, he spent the next six months in solitary confinement before receiving rescue assistance, which took a toll on him both physically and mentally.
Frodo was rescued from a terrible environment and was initially very timid and scared. According to his adoptee, Kim Ramirez, in a 2009 interview with The Mercury News, he was afraid of mechanical sounds and would focus on ceiling fans while peering up at them with fear. He would also flee if cupboards were opened or if there was the smell of microwave popcorn, possibly because it represented gunfire to him. Despite these fears, Frodo was fortunate to have the Ramirez family who loved and cared for him deeply. When his legs began to fail him, they even carried him around in a stroller. Sadly, Frodo passed away along with other surviving “Vick” dogs like Jonny Justice and Uba. These dogs were true survivors and will always be remembered for their bravery.
It’s heartwarming to see these dogs were given a second chance and were able to live a happy life despite their troubled past. Thanks to the efforts of animal rights activists, these 48 dogs known as the “Vick” dogs serve as a testament to the positive changes that can happen when people come together for a good cause.