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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Latest In The Michael Vick Saga.

Well, it looks like the Eagles are going to give Vick a chance to get back into football. Personally, and this is my own opinion, not the opinion of this paper, that he should not have been let back in the league to play. And, I feel the same way about players that have been caught with guns and drugs and alcohol. Now, with that out of the way, I don't think he can be rehabilitated. Like a vicious dog, he can not stop his behavior, as it has been ingrained into his brain that this behavior is perfectly acceptable.

As a boy, he grew up around people that fought dogs in alleys, and then moved on to the pit fighting. He just can't stop this way of life. I know he will continue to be in the fight world, just under the radar. He will definitely be more careful about the people he associates with in the underground fight world. The Eagles have taken on more than they bargained for. The Animal Rights and Welfare people will be at every single game to voice their opinions, very, very loudly.

The mobs of people that will come to harass him, and the team for taking him on, will be unreal. This action by the Eagles was really quite shocking to me. Look at the way they have treated Donovan McNabb. He was a fabulous QB, but the Philly fans can be unmerciful. So, I am interested to see how this plays out.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vick Returns Home.

Well, I was watching the news and it seems that Michael Vick has returned home to serve the remaining 2 mo. of his sentence on home arrest. I don't think he should have the luxury of being in his home. He is a monster, just like the rest of the dog fighters in the world. Notice I used "world," not nation. Dogfighting is a world-wide problem. And, in some countries, it is looked upon as tradition, not legal, just like cock fighting is in Somalia and Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Send me your comments about the Vick home confinement. Also, I would love to hear about your thoughts on him returning to the NFL. My personal opinion is Roger Goodell should not allow him back. He will only taint the game more than it already is with the Pac Man Jones and Plexico Burress, and the many more that have been caught using drugs or being somewhere they shouldn't. Thanks.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Where Are They Now?

I was reading my new Dog World magazine and was amazed to find out about where some of the Michael Vick dogs ended up and how they were adapting to a normal life. A life of love, not fear and gentleness instead of violence. The magazine focused on 5 of those 44 dogs. Gentle Jonny, Red, Gracie, Leo and Hector.

Believe it or not, Jonny is a dog that has gotten his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate and his Therapy dog title from Therapy Dog International. He is involved in a program called Paws for Tales, a reading program for children at a local San Fransisco library, listening to young people read out loud to him. He is a non-judgemental audience for these children, who are having trouble reading. It seems that children do better reading to a dog than a person. They know a dog won't judge them.

Grace or Gracie, does public relation work. Her job is to let people know that Pit Bulls are not all monsters. She travels to rally's and fundraisers to help promote her breed as loving, gentle dogs. Which they are if raised and bred right, they are one of the more people-friendly dog breeds. Leo, is another therapy dog. He works with at risk teen boys in San Jose CA.

Red is just a mellow fellow. He is used to teach dog safety in local schools sponsored by the Monterey County SPCA. He also has his CGC certificate. His foster handler said that stay was the hardest for him because he likes to follow people around and get love and pats.

Now Hector is a cuddle bug. It said that he just becomes a rag doll when he is picked up or a rub on his stomach. He works with domestic abuse victims. If a dog can come through the violence these dogs did, and survive, people can too. It said he thrives on getting petted

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

All But A Few Are Recovering.

source: Sports Illustrated magazine

Everyone remembers Michael Vick, but what about the dogs that were rescued from the horror he and his cohorts put them through. Well, all but few, are recovering either in sanctuary's, foster care or adoptive homes. The few were the ones that were just too vicious to be placed in society. These are just like the prisoners that can't go into our society, they have to be put down.

There were 51 dogs seized from his property. I am not going to talk about that, though. He, (Vick), does not deserve any type of acknowledgment, whatsoever. I want to talk about the dogs. They are the victims, not him. When I got the new Sports Illustrated, I was totally shocked to see a Pit Bull on the cover. It is usually some sport figure, but not this one. Of course, I started reading the story.

It starts out by talking about Jasmine, a beautiful red Pit that, as they say, has problems. She hunkers down, tail tucked, when she approaches someone. But, she is with someone that is loving her and helping her adjust to a somewhat normal life. I knew PETA wanted all the dogs dead, but I was surprised when the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) sided with them. They don't think that dogs rescued from fight rings can be rehabilitated, but Vick's dogs are showing that they can.

It has been shown that if one animal suffers some atrocity, any animals that are near, or within hearing range, suffer too. So, all the animals, not just the ones being physically hurt or killed, suffered trauma.

Did you know, that Pit Bulls are among the most people-friendly animals on this planet. This is the truth. If a Pit is bred and raised right, they are fabulous dogs. I know this for a fact. I have been a Certified Master Groomer for many, many years and have been around a lot of Pits. They are great, loving creatures.

When these dogs were taken from the property in VA., they were dispersed into 6 animal control facilities in VA. They didn't live a very good life there, either. They were like people on death row, just forgotten and feared. They were caged 24 hours at a time, not even allowed out while their cages were being cleaned. They had to relieve themselves where they lived and tolerate their cages being hosed down while they were in them. People didn't know this, as I didn't. I assumed they were cared for with sensitivity. Not true! The kennel workers assumed that they were doomed to die, so they just didn't care. How sad!!

But, it seemed that they had celebrity status because of the sicko that owned them, so they got the media attention that saved the lives of all but a few. When Vick agreed to the plea agreement, he had to pay almost million dollars for the care and treatment of the dogs, and that included humane euthanasia. When he gave the money as restitution, the dogs went from deadly weapons to sad, pitiful victims.

Some of these dogs have gone on to be therapy dogs. Yes, I said therapy dogs. It did my heart good to see that line in the magazine. But some, like a dog named Lucas, will never be able to leave the sanctuary where he lives. His life was so, so brutal, that he will never be able to live a normal life, on the outside, just like some convicts. Here are the stats on the dogs. 47 of the 51 dogs were saved. 2 died in shelters, 1 was destroyed because it was too violent and another was euthanized for medical reasons. 22 dogs went to Best Friends Animal Rescue (where I just made a $25.00 donation today-12/30/08, by the way.) These dogs are monitored on a daily basis. Almost all show a steady improvement in 3 categories; calmness, sociability and most important of all, happiness.

The other 25 have been placed in permanent homes and the rest are in foster care. But, the dog that sits on the coveted spot on the front of the magazine, Jasmine, still is fighting demons. She won't let anyone approach her from behind. My personal feeling, and this is not in the magazine, it is because of being strapped in the rape stands. Dogs feel, remember that. For months this little dog, yes little, sat in her kennel at her new home, having to be picked up and taken outside to potty, then only doing that when her new owner left her. Then she would go to a hole in the yard and just lay in it. This is from being tied out in the woods with no cover. It took months for her to come out of her kennel on her own. But then she would only potty and then lie in the hole. But, she is coming along with the love of her caretaker and her doggie friend from the same place, Sweet Pea. They have play dates once or twice a month.

I will end this with a saying by Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

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Friday, April 25, 2008

One Year Anniversary Of The Michael Vick Raid.

Some of this information was gathered from an email sent to me from the HSUS website.

Did you realize that today marks the one year anniversary of the Michael Vick Dogfighting Ring bust? I didn't until I got an email from the Humane Society of the United States today. One very positive note is that raids on dogfighting operations rose from 27 between Jan. and April of last year, to at least 67 busts to date in 2008.

Also, 2 of the states that had been the last holdout with weak penalties for fighting crimes, made dogfighting a felony offense. The states are Wyoming and Idaho. Stronger laws also were passed in Ga., IA., MD., OR., and VA. This was part of a wave of 26 states considering legislation to make stiffer penalties for dogfighting.

The HSUS gives a reward of up to $5,000.00 to anyone that turns in a dogfighter and they are convicted. You can remain anonymous. The number to call is: 202-452-1100. The rewards are made possible by the Ware Foundation and donors to HSUS. The great news is they paid out 20 rewards and have some pending. Fabulous work!

Last but not least, the HSUS helped train over 700 law enforcement officers on animal fighting and made a new video about the subject.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

What a Joke.

It never ceases to amaze me how our judicial system works. The state dogfighting charges against Michael Vick and the 2 other men convicted on Federal dogfighting charges, have been delayed. Now get this, because it is up to the Surry County VA. Commonwealth District Attorney's office to figure out how to transport them to VA. to face the State charges. And he doesn't know how to work out the "logistics" to do this.

This is utterly ridiculous. One of the men has already been released from Federal prison, after serving a 2 month sentence. At least Vick is serving 23 months in Federal prison for his horrendous acts. Just an update.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Not Long Enough!

One of the men sentenced in the Michael Vick dog fighting case was released from federal prison Thursday after completing his 2 month sentence. Just 2 months, how ridiculous! He cooperated with the Federal government to testify against Vick and 2 other men.

Vick is serving a 23 month sentence in one of the toughest prisons in America, the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. Personally, I think the sentence is too light. But, with the conviction of this idiot, dog fighting has been brought out of the shadows and into the public eye.

It is a shame that it takes someone famous getting caught to shed light on this horrid blood sport. Dog fighting has been going on for centuries, literally! You can find out more about dog fighting and the law in earlier posts on this blog.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Man Who Sold Pit Bull To Vick Gets Probation.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man who sold a female pit bull to Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation and attended some of the fights escaped prison time Friday because he cooperated with investigators and did not physically harm any of the dogs. Oscar Allen, 67, was sentenced to three years probation and fined $500 for his limited involvement in the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting ring that operated out of Vick’s 15-acre spread in rural Surry County. Vick was sentenced in December to 23 months in federal prison. Three co-defendants also have been sentenced to prison terms. “Your case is in a clearly different class than the other defendants who’ve appeared before me,” U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson told Allen. “But for your cooperation the case would not have developed as smoothly and completely as it did.” Allen, from the Williamsburg area, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to travel interstate commerce to aid in illegal gambling and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting — the same charge to which Vick and the other three men pleaded guilty. Allen faced a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but federal prosecutors recommended that he spend no time in prison because he cooperated with investigators, had no prior criminal record and was a minor player in Vick’s dogfighting enterprise. “He came in and cooperated without any immunity or protection, knowing he would be charged,” said prosecutor Michael Gill. He said information supplied by Allen was “a significant factor” in obtaining guilty pleas from Vick and the others. Prosecutors said that while Allen helped conduct test fights to determine which dogs were good fighters, he was not involved in killing the six to eight that performed poorly. “I see no evidence of any cruel acts toward animals in this case,” Hudson said. The judge told Allen that the light punishment did not mean he condoned Allen’s behavior. “You clearly aided and abetted this conspiracy,” he said. Asked if he had anything to say, Allen told Hudson: “I would just like to apologize to the court for my actions and say I am very sorry.” Allen was indicted separately from Vick and three co-defendants. Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach was sentenced to 18 months, Quanis Phillips of Atlanta to 21 months and Tony Taylor of Hampton, Va., to 2 months. Those four men also face state animal cruelty charges in Surry County. Vick’s trial is set for April 2. Vick, who admitted bankrolling the dogfighting operation and helping execute dogs, entered a minimum-security prison in Leavenworth, Kan., earlier this month.

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