It was nearly nine years ago that police raided the home of famed NFL quarterback Michael Vick with a search warrant for drugs. Instead they found 51 pit bulls and substantial evidence of a large-scale dogfighting ring, hidden in a wooded barn behind Vick's home.
In the aftermath, many people viewed the dogs as a threat to public safety and called for them to be put to sleep.
Of the 51 pit bulls rescued from Vick's property, two died in care shortly following the raid and one was humanely euthanized after being deemed "too emotionally and physically damaged" to save. The remaining 48 became the first dogs to not only survive a dogfighting ring, but be given a chance at life after their rescue.
Filmmaker Darcy Dennett tells their story in her latest documentary, "The Champions." Below are five ways some of the dogs have spent their lives since leaving Vick's Bad Newz Kennels.
They work with sick children.