Book Review: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

lost dogs

Rating: 4/5

By now just about everyone has heard of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation.  Gorant documents the efforts expended by multiple law enforcement groups to bring Vick to justice, as well as the challenges the dogs faced to rehabilitate.

The first quarter of the book was hard to get through.  It is difficult to comprehend the fact that there are people out there who are devoid of compassion, but instead are equipped with a weak moral compass.  Some of the descriptions of what the dogs had to endure were graphic; all were appalling.

While what Michael Vick and his friends did was horrendous, Gorant thankfully focuses on saving the dogs.  He brings to life the struggles the dogs faced, from their life in the dog fighting operation, to the long periods of training and socialization to see if they were fit to be adopted.  Gorant also profiled some of the many people who fought on behalf of the dogs, from law enforcement, to pit bull trainers, adopters, and advocates.

This is a must-read for all animal lovers, not just those who love pit bulls.  I’m grateful and happy to know that there are so many people there who have opened their hearts and their homes to those who don’t have a voice in the world.

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