Need to Know, January 21, 2011: Care for disabled adults, Michael Vick’s dogs, China

This week on Need to Know, Maria Hinojosa reports from Indiana, where she meets with families struggling to maintain care for their grown children with severe developmental disabilities. As funding is being cut for their care services, these families are often left without options.

Also: Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick got a second chance after a stint in prison for running a dog fighting ring. But what happened to the dogs? We find out.

And: an interview with ‘Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, whose new book has pitted Chinese parenting methods against American ones. And is the ensuing uproar a sign of a larger fear Americans have of Chinese dominance?

When care runs out

Parents of children with severe developmental disabilities often have to fight to get them what they need in life, especially once they become adults.  With so many states facing budget crises, it’s only getting harder. Need to Know’s Maria Hinojosa spent time with families in Indiana who fear that the fragile world they’ve fought hard to build for their kids is about to  fall apart.

China and the U.S.

The firestorm ignited by author Amy Chua’s recently published book on parenting the Chinese way is evidence of a larger, looming fear Americans have of Chinese dominance. With Chinese President Hu Jintao in town for an official state visit, hosts Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart and their guests discuss China’s geopolitical importance and U.S.-China relations.

The dogs are alright

After serving two years in prison for running a brutal dog fighting ring, Michael Vick got a second chance. But what happened to the dogs? Need to Know reports.

Peter Sagal: Advice for Democrats

Peter Sagal offers some advice to Democrats on a losing streak.

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Comments

  • Connie, Orlando

    Thanks for doing such a great piece about the dogs who survived Vick’s torture chamber and the fantastic folks who gave them new & better lives where they are appreciated, respected & loved.

  • Happ1755

    great show.. just finished watching it… i will forward it to those I know who are ill informed about the breed ! thanks again

  • Randy

    Thank-you for doing this show. Thank-you to the ASPCA for not giving-up on these dogs.

  • Auntiepualani

    I hope this documentation will help get American Pit Bull Terriers off the bad dog list. I have one and he is remarkably friendly and smart; a real sweet heart. As Barbara Woodhouse was famous for saying: “There are no bad dogs, only inexperienced owners.” In the case of pit bulls perhaps the saying could be amended to: “There are no bad pit bulls, only bad pit bull owners.”

  • Dan

    micheal vick should be taken out in a field and SHOT,with his body left for the buzzards and his name never spoken again………………………I”ll do it and smile the whole time i”m in prison

  • B_wallace23

    Thank you for this good, balanced, and informed piece about pit bulls!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for shining the light on the victims of the abuse(dogs) and the rescuers rather than the abuser(Michael Vick).

  • Loc

    Thank you so much for this wonderful reporting on the poor victims of the Michael Vick’s torture. I cried from beginning to end with tears of great joy and hope that these helpless dogs got a second chance and that our legal system viewed them as victims of a heinous crime and not as property or instruments of such crimes.

    The quote from the Hector’s new owners in New York just breaks my heart, “Hector did what he had to do to survive. He did what he was told to do. It’s not who he is…” Dogs like everthing deserves a second chance.

  • Loc

    And I’ve been looking for a dog, but I’m a bit apprehensive about the pitbulls due to their bad reputation and also because I grew up with poodles, lhasa apsos and terriers, However, my friends have adopted some pitbulls at the shelters in SF and they’re perfectly happy with their sweet and loving dogs. So no more fluffy foo foo dogs for me. LOL

  • Pope B

    Is there a good source to learn the techniques of how to work with rescued dogs who have been abused?

  • Sjj711

    What a beautiful piece of journalism. Thank you for taking the time to tell the story in depth. I’m not really a dog lover and I was deeply moved. This is story-telling at it’s finest!

  • KQCA

    Thank you PBS and Need to Know for covering the story of the rescued Vick dogs and giving pit bulls some well-deserved long-overdue positive coverage. It is a breath of fresh air to see responsible reporting done with facts and not hysterical hype. Brava!!!!

  • SRBrando

    Incredibly good piece to put a happy ending on one of the country’s saddest stories. The in depth reporting of where the dogs went all over the U.S. was inspiring. Well done, “Need to Know.”

  • Anonymous

    This is about the mama tiger. I am the adult child of a mama tiger. I despise my mother. I could never bring home anything but an “A” or there was hell to pay. I was forced from the age of 6 to take piano lessons until I graduated from high school. I had to play an instrument in the band, a flute, that my mother chose for me. I was never allowed to play sports. I was never allowed to go to sleep overs, or have a sleep over at my house, not that anybody would have come. I was only allowed to have certain other kids as friends. I could not chose my friends for myself. I could not date or drive. I could not be in a class play unless I had the lead.

    These mama tigers have no clue what they are doing nor will they have the love and care of their children when they are old.

    It took years of therapy for me to get over the abuse, for that is what it is, my mother heaped on me. When I finally did get brave enough to talk about it to childhood friends, it turns out that every other mother hated mine. Several of the chosen ones that my mother would allow for me to socialize with, were not allowed by their mothers to socialize with me because they did not approve of how my mother treated me and were afraid for their child’s well being at my mother’s house.

    When I left home to go to the college of my mother’s chosing, not the one I wanted to go to, I felt my first taste of freedom. I relaxed for the first time in my life. I didn’t realize that I was so full of tension and suffered physically for it. I was finally able to make my own decisions, to a point, but unlike anything I had ever known before. I never again touched the piano or the flute. There is not a piano in my home. None of my children have ever touched one. They do not regret it nor did they show any interest at all in doing so. I married whom I wanted to, although my mother was approving. The funny thing is that my husband hated her guts, too. Would have nothing to do with her. I never let my children be alone with my mother. She rarely saw them – maybe 4 times before she died. When she got sick, I stuck her in a nursing home and never visited her. When she died, I was a dutiful daughter at the funeral but did not shed a tear. After the graveside service, I walked away and never looked back. I have never been back to her gravesite and will never go again. I have the excuse that I live 4 states away but I wouldn’t go if I lived in the same city. Her grave is overgrown and weed eaten and I love it. It has been 12 wonderful mother free years. I have never sent flowers to be put on her grave, for any reason, on any day, at any time.

    I took parenting classes and worked hard on psychological issues so that I would not make the same mistakes that my mother made. My 3 sons are almost all grown now and are the sweetest, lovingest boys anybody could ever know. They are extremely popular, make good grades, and will be productive citizens, good husbands and good fathers. I never let a day go by without telling them I loved them. I never let a day go by without hugging them. We do that to this day. I never once heard my mother say “I love you”, not did I ever experience a hug from her. That might have detered me from being the very best. Oh, and when I had very small children, I quit my career and stayed home with them to raise them, much to her dismay. She blasted me for that, even then. I got in her face and told her to shut up. She never saw my children again.

    So, mama tiger, think again and be very careful. Your children will grow up and be on their own. What will they think of you and how will they treat you when you are old and sick?

  • dogshavesoul

    oh, god this mother was horrendous. looks like alot of excuses, mother’s (good ones)don’t tattle so coldly to a camera. i would’ve probably whack,whack,whacked all of them. poor sabrina.proof that all this boils down to money. How Sad.

  • dogshavesoul

    oh & barrymoor you are one awesomely brave women u r . i took the same shit from my mom and i still am and she is 76. I could’nt believe how much your past mirrored the cold one of my life. Unlike u i choose not to ever have children because the crazy train would stop w/me. i knew i didn’t learn how to be a decent mother. i didn’t want to chance it.

  • Theo

    Let’s see real human stories, like homeless veterans, family losing homes and homeless, schools being defunded, people dying due to lack of medical insurance and denial of coverage by insurance companies, families breaking up due to multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. These and more are the kind of stories that Bill Moyers used to report on, not about dogs.

    We all love dogs, but people matters more than dogs. Focus on real people and the problem that is burdening this country today. Vicki dogs is story you see on Fox News, not on PBS. Don’t stoop so low.

  • Kanona

    Why is it that when a station shows an animal story some idiot, has to say that humans matter more than animals? That is so egotistical and shows a very shallow human Just like the monster that hurt those poor dogs. I do hope there aren’t very many ones out there like him although I am afraid there are a few. Thank God there are many more compassionate humans that believe that animals need our help just as much as humans, maybe more as they cannot take care of themselves and a human would..
    God created animals way before he created humans. Humans(some) are so arrogant as to think that they matter more than an animal. A dog will give it’s life for a human.They give us unconditional love. Isn’t that what God asks of us? We should take lessons from dogs. I don’t think many people will give their life for a dog. People will do anything to save themselves. The world is the way it is today is because of humans NOT animals. I am tired of seeing the aftermath of greedy humans.I much prefer watching stories that lift me up NOT drag me down. All those things you mentioned above about the trials and tribulations of humans have been done in stories over and over adnauseum on tv. I would like to see the result of what these poor dogs went through because a monster decided he was better than a dog and did monstrous things to them and how angel humans are taking care of them. How very coldhearted and callous of you to make those comments.

  • Kanona

    Thank you PBS for doing this wonderful piece of those poor dogs. Is anyone aware that Michael Vick has never called the rescue groups helping the dogs and asked how those dogs are doing much less thank them for what they are doing for the dogs. Neither has President Obama called and thanked the people helping the dogs get rehabilitated for giving them a second chance …but he did call the Philadelphia Eagles owner and thanked them for giving MV a second chance! HMMMMMMM!

  • Kanona

    Why is it that when a station shows an animal story some idiot, has to say that humans matter more than animals? That is so egotistical and shows a very shallow human Just like the monster that hurt those poor dogs. I do hope there aren’t very many ones out there like him although I am afraid there are a few. Thank God there are many more compassionate humans that believe that animals need our help just as much as humans, maybe more as they cannot take care of themselves and a human would..
    God created animals way before he created humans. Humans(some) are so arrogant as to think that they matter more than an animal. A dog will give it’s life for a human.They give us unconditional love. Isn’t that what God asks of us? We should take lessons from dogs. I don’t think many people will give their life for a dog. People will do anything to save themselves. The world is the way it is today is because of humans NOT animals. I am tired of seeing the aftermath of greedy humans.I much prefer watching stories that lift me up NOT drag me down. All those things you mentioned above about the trials and tribulations of humans have been done in stories over and over adnauseum on tv. I would like to see the result of what these poor dogs went through because a monster decided he was better than a dog and did monstrous things to them and how angel humans are taking care of them. How very coldhearted and callous of you to make those comments.

  • http://www.hawksandassociates.com Jade, Arizona

    Thank you PBS for showing us “the rest of the story” with these incredible animals and the people who cared enough to help them! When you look at most “problem animals” there’s usually humans behind the problem to start with. Hopefully the day will come when humans realize we are NOT the “top of the food chain.” This was a wonderful show!

  • Alex

    Thank you for this great segment about Vick’s dogs. It’s heartwarming to see that some of them had found loving homes. Please cover more stories about animals in the future. Thank you again.

  • PittieFan

    Thank you for running the story of the VickTory dogs. They are truly inspiring and will hopefully help shed that undeserving bad rap they get. My pittie and I watched it together snuggling on the couch since she’s a 50 pound lap dog.

  • jules

    Thank you for this story. It is good to know that people are interested in cultivating compassion for non-human animals.

  • Damianaisdelicious

    Consulting PETA & the HSUS for anything pit bull related is naive & ignorant. Gorant’s PETA quote was due to him not being a dog guy, but a sports guy – no disrespect intended. PETA canNOT be trusted when it comes to the pit bull breeds. The HSUS is almost as bad – shady & political. BAD RAP’s a bit better – at least they know the breed. Thank dog most of these dogs were fool proof.

  • I Milos

    HEY THEO !! I bet you have never owned a dog , have you ?? Maybe a gold fish or two sounds
    more like your style, then again the fish probably died in a few months anyway . Fox News does not know how to report on a story like this, so I suggest you tune in to Fox and let PBS keep doing what they’re doing.

    A DOG IS THE ONLY THING IN THIS WORLD THAT LOVES YOU MORE THAN IT LOVES
    ITS SELF… Even a person like Theo.