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Sic(k) Vick!

Posted Friday, September 7, 2012, at 11:04 PM

Football season has officially started. Personally, I like college sports, but many would rather watch the professionals. There is one particular pro that has destroyed any desire for me to ever watch professional football again. That waste of skin is Michael Vick. Five years ago his property in Surry County, VA was raided by the police, and found to be a dog fighting operation. I do not know what kind of sick mind takes dogs and trains them to fight till the death for entertainment. I think at his football salary of $125,000,000 he probably wasn't doing it for the money.

Let me fill you in on the details according to the police reports. There were over 70 dogs (mostly pit bulls) chained to car axels buried in the ground on 15 acres of land. There was a barn-like structure with two floors. The top floor was where the ''pit'' was. This building was painted black inside and out to help camouflage it in the woods. The carpet in the pit was blood stained.

Another building was used to place female dogs and their newborn pups. It also housed a contraption to hold the female dogs still while they were being bred by the males (rape pole).

And the third building contained the supplies needed to prepare the dogs for fighting, a treadmill, needles and various steroids, as well as their food.

How do you teach a dog to fight? You keep them on a chain, just out of reach of anything or anyone, do not feed them for days on end, taunt them, and give them no human attention. Then, when you get them in the ring you cheer and shout to get them all excited, hold on to them and make them look at the other dog face to face (very confrontational for dogs). Sometimes they refuse to fight, then they are removed from the ring and killed. Vick found hanging, drowning, and electrocuting to be effective, but when that didn't work, he and another thug would grab the dogs legs, swing it around, and slam it on the ground until the dog died. Later, another employee would dig a shallow grave and dump the dead dog in it. And all this for the fun of it. Oh but wait, I forgot, he didn't know any better. He grew up poor and this kind of thing was ''normal''.

Vick pled guilty and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of probation for conspiracy in interstate commerce/aid of unlawful animal cruelty. The state charged him with unlawfully torturing and killing dogs, and promoting fights.

The Atlanta Falcons tried to make themselves appear to be punishing him as well by making him repay part of his salary. He also lost out on millions by losing endorsement deals, of which he solved the problem by declaring bankruptcy. Way to own up and take responsibility dirt bag!

I truly cannot understand why any decent human being would allow this man to reenter the NFL, pay him to endorse their product, or have his name on the back of a child's jersey.

Michael Vick has recovered all he had lost and then some, the dogs, not so much.

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I have to call you out on this assassination piece. Clearly, you're living the past and have no idea what's happened since Vick left prison.


I love dogs, and hated Vick for what he did. But he's repudiated that, donated huge amounts amounts of money, and done significant work on behalf of animal rescue societies. To continue to demonize him for what he did prior to prison is pointless, unfair, and says more about you than about him.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 6:39 AM

Paul, I am aware of his prison term, the amount of money that he was fined, and the fact that he has since spoken on behalf of the Humane Society about dog fighting. Do I believe that any of this is heart felt or done willingly? NO! Remember, he was the one that said that was the way he grew up, he didn't know any different, the ''norm''. Those values run deep. Do you know how the whole bust even started? With illegal drug possession.

If someone abuses and kills another person, goes to jail for a mere two years, pays a fine, and says he's sorry, then all should be forgiven?

I don't believe anywhere in my post I mentioned assassinating him. I just don't like the fact that money continues to beat out integrity, even with the Humane Society.

Read the book Paul. The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 8:48 AM

@Paul. Mr. Vick followed the pattern of many people in the wrong, he apologized and made nice after he got caught. He is following the protocol for a public persona with his repentance and while he may truly be sorry for what he did (nobody really knows but him) it's a little naive to think "forgive and forget" because he spent time in jail and then donated a bunch of money.

The act of donating money or doing charity work does not a good person make, there are plenty of dishonest people who do those things just to avoid further criticism. How we act when we think nobody is looking says everything about who we really are as a person and while people can change the people who "change" only after getting slapped up side the head by the law are not the kind of people most of us respect. As I said he might be truly sorry for his actions, but I think most analytic and realistic people do not assume so just because of his mea culpa after getting caught. Granted you have the right to feel any way you want to about Mr. Vick and anyone else for that matter but as you said to the author of this piece, your reaction to this says more about you than anything.

-- Posted by ladysnydes on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 9:53 AM

I watched Vick's interview with Pierce Morgan. There was not a shred of compassion shown to the animals. He said he did not know dog fighting was wrong, and in the next sentence said he hid his activities. When asked where he was when he found out about the raid, he extrapolated on the *best golf game of his life* that got interrupted. Not one shred of remorse, none. The money he has *donated* to the Humane Society, etc. was part of his plea agreement...he did not donate a thing. He made restitution.

Vick has been invited time and again to meet the Vicktory Dogs...the fractured shells of dogs taken from his property, and nursed back to health and life by tireless volunteers. His comment, unknowingly caught on a microphone, at one such invitation was *I don't give a F**K about no damn dogs.* The level of cruelty Vick and his friends showed to these animals runs deep...it is ingrained and vicious. When a dog was not performing, as horrible as it sounds, he could have simply shot the animal. He came up with the brilliant idea of attaching electric cables to a little dog, and tossing it in a kiddie pool.

If he showed a shred of humility or true sorrow, that would be a big step on the road to redemption. He said more then once that *he does not care what those people think* Vick did not take part in dogfighting to put food on his family table...he did it because he got enjoyment from the cruelty. If given a chance, he would do something similar again. That is why animal advocates refuse to let him fade into the shadows.

Read The Lost Dogs. It will break your heart, and give you a look into a very dark soul.

-- Posted by SEPRCharlie on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 10:04 AM

Everything I read and hear from Michael Vick demonstrates that not only did he know what he was doing was wrong (otherwise why hide it?)but he just didn't care. I truly believe his actions since getting caught have been nothing but attempts to repair his image. I'm concerned about the message that allowing Vick to resume life as though nothing ever happened gives to the public, particularly our youth.

-- Posted by Laurie.Besco on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 11:17 AM

Wow. There's more compassion for dogs here than for a human being that paid an enormous price for his crimes.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 2:20 PM

Apparently your definition of "enormous price" and mine are two different things. Animal cruelty is a huge red flag for other anger management problems. As someone who considers my dogs part of the family, I have as much compassion for Vick as I would a child abuser. He should not be viewed by any child as a role model by any stretch of the imagination, but because people want to "forget" his behavior and sweep it under the rug, that just may happen. I find that sad.

-- Posted by Laurie.Besco on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 4:29 PM

It may just be that we hold people to a higher standard than you do Paul, and that's fine.

-- Posted by ladysnydes on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 4:38 PM

A person who would torture a helpless/voiceless animal, will not stop at animal cruelty. It almost ALWAYS indicates a larger pathology. I have less compassion for Vick because he can speak for himself, and defend himself. The Vick dogs could do none of those things.

What huge price did Vick pay? He went to jail for a while...so???? He did not end up homeless, penniless, living on the street. He was very embarrassed, but again, so what? It would seem his family did not raise a MAN, but instead raised an ATM Machine. There are certainly MANY others in the NFL who are better role model material then this thug.

-- Posted by SEPRCharlie on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 4:44 PM

Michael Vick hasn't learned a thing. It saddens me that he is a role model...

You can take the guy out of the hood...but does the hood ever leave this guy???

-- Posted by McMom24 on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 8:08 PM

Maybe Michael Vick should move to Everly. There's a town that's getting a reputation for being dog-hating.

-- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 8:55 AM

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