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Vick dog Jasmine, hit by car and killed

Just got some very, very sad news that Sweet Jasmine, one of the former Michael Vick fighting dogs that was rescued and taken in by Baltimore's Recycled Love was hit by a car recently and killed. We just found out about it.

The Pit Bull made the cover of Sports Illustrated last year, highlighting a story about the new lives for some of the Vick dogs. The magazine described her "35 pounds of twitchy curiosity with a coat the color of fried chicken."

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"We will never forget Jasmine," the rescue group posted on its Web site. "She is now and forever the poster girl, who in one glossy photograph, challenged millions of people to question the treatment of animals, to reevaluate their own prejudices and to open their eyes to previously unknown, to them, horrors of dog fighting and rampant animal abuse. The world is a better place for Jasmine having been here."

Read the rescue group's full condolence note here.

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Here at Unleashed we offer our sincere condolences, too. We're certain that Jasmine enjoyed her post-rescue life and wish she only could have had more of it.

At right is Fells Point artist Robert McClintock's interpretation of Jasmine. Note the recycled emblem and the hopeful yellows.

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