Segunda-feira, 7 de Julho de 2008

Para o Ministro Jaime Silva e para os idiotas do PP

Broken Dogs

Category: Life Science
Posted on: July 7, 2008 10:31 AM, by Jonah Lehrer

This is a heartwarming story about the power of kindness to change behavior and rewire instinct. Michael Vick, the imprisoned QB, trained his dogs to be cruel, nasty and brutish. (The dogs that didn't take to fighting were beaten, tortured and killed.) Most animal experts assumed that Vick's pit bulls would need to be euthanized, since they would never get over their aggression. But the experts were wrong:

The court gave Vick's dogs a second chance. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered each dog to be evaluated individually, not judged by the stereotype of the breed. And he ordered Vick to pony up close to $1 million to pay for the lifelong care of those that could be saved.

Of the 49 pit bulls animal behavior experts evaluated in the fall, only one was deemed too vicious to warrant saving and was euthanized. (Another was euthanized because it was sick and in pain.)

More than a year after being confiscated from Vick's property, Leo, a tan, muscular pit bull, dons a colorful clown collar and visits cancer patients as a certified therapy dog in California. Hector, who bears deep scars on his chest and legs, recently was adopted and is about to start training for national flying disc competitions in Minnesota. Teddles takes orders from a 2-year-old. Gracie is a couch potato in Richmond who lives with cats and sleeps with four other dogs.

The cliche, it turns out, isn't true: old dogs can be taught new tricks.

 


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