RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY/CNN) – Gracie the pit bull, rescued when NFL Quarterback Michael Vick was arrested on dog fighting charges in 2007, has died.
She was the inspiration for the Richmond Animal League’s “Gracie’s Guardians” program. “If we needed someone to kinda be the testament to all the work that we’re doing, it was her. She was a great role model for us, and she inspired a lot of us,” said WillLowrey, Gracie’s Guardians spokesperson. “Shemay be gone, but she will continue to do good work even in her passing. Her legacy will most definitely live on with all the people who remember her and all the folks like us that will continue to do work in her name,”Lowrey added.
Gracie was about 11 years old. Lowery said she had some health issues recently and took a turn for the worse. She died Monday morning.
Other dogs rescued from Vick’s home in Surry County were taken in by animal sanctuaries, shelters, foster homes and adopters across the country.
Vick is a Newport News, Va. native.