Meet Hector, One Of Michael Vick’s Former Fighting Pit Bulls

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — When Michael Vick’s illegal dog fighting compound was raided in 2007, 49 dogs were rescued. Many people said these trained killing machines should be destroyed, but others stepped up and offered to rehabilitate them.

One of those dogs is pit bull Hector. Now, his scarred body and missing teeth are the only remnants of his once cruel life.

Under owner Roo Yuri, Hector has become a docile, friendly dog who now spends his time touring the country to help raise awareness for his breed and show other people that badly-treated dogs can learn new tricks.

Roo and Hector, joined by Gretchen Fieser and Lynne Ready of the Western Pa. Humane Society, and Nicole Mallory of Pittsburgh-based pit bull advocacy group Hello Bully, stopped by Studio K to meet KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and talk about why Hector is in Pittsburgh for a very special cause.

“There are a lot of misperceptions (about pit bulls).  Hector didn’t have a choice of where he was, and as soon as he got out of that situation and had a chance to be a dog… this is who he actually is,” said Yuri.

You can meet Hector and Roo on Thursday at Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant in Ross Township. People can pose for photos for $4 each; $3.50 of that will be donated to Hello Bully and The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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  • Laurel

    It takes a special kind of person to be able to work with a rehab these dogs. I am not a fan of pits or any fighting breed. But congrats to Roo and Hector for proving that any breed can be a good dog. Good work !

  • Dan

    Great job. Keep up the good work. Dogs have an amazing ability to forgive us and then show us unconditional love. Truly amazing. We could learn from them.

  • Amilee

    Any breed can be a “fighting breed” if you treat them badly enough. I am a fan of pits and especially ones who have had it rough. Show them affection and they will love you forever.

    The people rehabbing these dogs are doing great work and proving that any dog wants love, no matter what breed.

  • Rebecca

    What wonderful people these are for stepping up and helping these dogs!! Pits are wonderful breeds. Unfortunately they are just misunderstood. God bless these wonderful people and dogs!! Congrats to the pooches for finding their new loving families and homes!!!! :)

  • Hoss

    As the owner of three rescued dogs, I have seen first hand what the abuse those dogs endured did to them physically and emotionally. One of our dogs is a bully breed. He is the most loving and loyal dog a person could ask for. Hats off to Roo and anyone who rehabs abused animals.

  • kristy

    as the PROUD owner of a pit and pit mix (along with a lab/dane and a jrt/beagle that keeps them ALL in line), i must say i am honored to be able to meet hector and his family tonight.

  • p

    were is this place in ross? i guess i can google it. people are so uneducated on pits. “fighting breeds” what dogs fall into that category automatically from birth? the answer is NONE! they have to be trained that way. its nice to see people who have the means taking on these dogs, i wish i could.

  • Thomas J Duttine

    I would like to give Kudos to the lady who rescued 2 three legged dogs that comes to the South Park Dog park..It is a joy watching them run.. It’s amazing what dogs can overcome!

    • Lolita

      Three legged dogs, you mean like your woman and sister?

      • Thomas J Duttine

        No…Like your mother!

      • Matt

        Good one Lolita.

    • Hoss

      Lolita, nice job taking the low road. Stay classy.

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