Day in the sun for Vick dogs in Pacifica 

click to enlarge Puppy power: A book of photographs of the dogs in Michael Vick’s former fighting ring is set to be published. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Puppy power: A book of photographs of the dogs in Michael Vick’s former fighting ring is set to be published.

Several “Vick-tim” pooches are bringing their ESPN stardom to Pacifica this weekend.

Three survivors of star NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring will make an appearance at the canine boutique AnnaBee’s on Saturday.

The canine celebrities — named Johnny Justice, Teddles and Uba — will pose for photos and offer paw-print autographs to fans, organizers said.

The event is a fundraiser for Oakland-based pit bull advocacy nonprofit BADRAP, which brought 13 of the dogs seized from Vick’s operation to the Bay Area.

They were all adopted by local families, the organization said.

Now that his dog days are over, Johnny Justice has become a therapy pooch that helps disabled children find the confidence to read, organizers said.

Saturday’s event, which marks the launch of a photo book starring Vick’s former dogs, runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

In 2007, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for operating a “cruel and inhumane” dog fighting ring and lying about its existence. He pleaded guilty, admitting that he bankrolled the operation and helped kill six to eight dogs.

Vick was incarcerated for 21 months, then served two months of home confinement. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and remains with the team.

The quarterback has even become an advocate against cruelty to animals.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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