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Michael Vick Wants to Own a Dog as a Pet

December 16th, 2010 1 comment

Michael Vick Wants a Pet Dog

Professional football player Michael Vick, who spent time in prison for convictions surrounding his infamous involvement in dogfighting and animal torture, now says he would like to have a dog as a pet someday. 

Vick, who was reinstated into the NFL in spite of a public outcry at the time, says he now spends a great deal of his time working with the Humane Society of the United States and explaining to young people why dogfighting is wrong.  Michael Vick says he is working with HSUS and mentoring kids not because of a court order, but because of his own desire to help others.

Michael Vick told the website theGrio, “I would love to get another dog in the future.”  He stated, “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.  I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”

Michael Vick pleaded guilty in 2007 for his role in running the dogfighting ring Bad Newz Kennels, a place where dogs were tortured in unthinkable ways.  Dogs were trained and forced to fight for the amusement of spectators who also placed bets on the animals.  Some dogs were chained to car axles and used as “bait” for the fighting dogs.  Dogs that showed little or no inclination to fight were shot, electrocuted, drowned, hanged or beaten to death.

According to a USDA investigative report, Michael Vick personally had a hand in hanging three dogs with a nylon cord tied to a tree, drowning three other dogs in a 5-gallon bucket of water, and repeatedly slamming another dog onto the ground until it died, breaking its neck and back in the process. 

HSUS president Wayne Pacelle, who has toured schools with Michael Vick since his release from prison, believes that Vick has changed and would now be a good dog owner.  Pacelle told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I have been around him a lot, and feel that he would do a good job as a pet owner.”

A federal judge sentenced Michael Vick to 23 months in prison and ordered that he serve three years probation after his release during which time he is prohibited from buying, selling or owning dogs.  So, until his probation is complete, there is no possibility for Michael Vick to own a dog.

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Top Ten Animal Stories of the Closing Decade

December 30th, 2009 No comments
Greater Awareness of Puppy Mills and Laws Regulating Breeders

Greater Awareness of Puppy Mills and Laws Regulating Breeders

Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States has compiled a list of the top ten animal stories of the first decade of the new millennium.  Among the top ten animal stories of the past decade are:

  • Hurricane Katrina, which “resulted in the largest animal rescue operation in history.”  The disaster spawned an outpouring of donations to animal rescue organizations and influenced the passage in Congress of the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS), as well as new legislation in a number of states that sets policies on responding to the needs of animals during a disaster.
  • Michael Vick’s arrest for dog fighting, which brought to light the horrors of forcing animals to fight for sport.  According to Pacelle, “The Vick case resulted in more than half of the states upgrading their laws and a doubling of arrests, as well as an upgrade of the federal law against animal fighting.”  Partly owing to the Michael Vick case, animal fighting is now illegal in all U.S. states.

    More Humane Treatment of Animals Used for Food Production

    More Humane Treatment of Animals Used for Food Production

  • Advances in the treatment of animals used for food production, including a federal ban on the mistreatment of “downer cows” (cattle too sick or injured to walk on their own), and state bans on the long-term confinement of animals on factory farms.
  • Oprah Winfrey’s series on puppy mills.  In 2008, Oprah Winfrey did a series of programs on her influential talk show exposing the horrific realities of puppy mills.  Since the broadcasts, HSUS has rescued thousands of animals from puppy mills, ten states have approved legislation imposing stricter standards on large-scale breeding operations, and public pressure has caused pet stores to either close altogether or to stop selling puppy mill dogs.

We hope that the coming decade brings about further advances in how we, as a society, treat the animals in our care and at our mercy.

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Categories: Dogs in the News

More Commentary on Michael Vick

August 17th, 2009 1 comment

The hilarious dog blog, Life With Dogs, has a commentary on Michael Vick’s 60 Minutes interview with James Brown over the weekend.  We at Frankie the Law Dog couldn’t agree more with their assessment.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated is reporting that James Brown has one regret about an unasked question during the interview.  Vick indicated that he “allowed” things to happen to the dogs.  Brown regrets that he did not follow up on that with additional questions, seeing as how Vick actually killed dogs with his own hands.

Suggesting that he “allowed” things to “happen” to the dogs is a cop-out and not an acknowledgment of responsibility.  It certainly is not an indication of remorse.  Apparently, Vick is still reluctant to fully acknowledge that he personally – with his own hands – tortured, maimed and killed dogs.

Mason Lerner of thefastertimes.com says he believes (or wants to believe – Lerner admits he’s skeptical) that Vick’s statement “I could have put a stop to it” amounts to putting “all the blame squarely where it belongs.”  In other words, Lerner believes that statement is a full acknowledgment of responsibility.

Judge for yourself.  The entire interview is embedded into the article.

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Categories: Dogs in the News, Opinion

Boycotting the Philadelphia Eagles Over Signing Michael Vick

August 14th, 2009 5 comments

Boycotting the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles Over Michael Vick’s two-year deal to play for the team.

Here is an informative blog called sackvick.net.  They have information about how to voice your concerns to the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles over Michael Vick’s multi-million dollar deal to play for the Eagles.

The site also has information about Eagles’ sponsors for those interested in boycotting the products of those sponsors.  If you scroll down into the comments section, a helpful reader posted contact information for the sponsors.

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