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Michael Vick Gets a Dog—Heaven Help Us

Sadistic dog-torturer and killer entrusted with another defenseless animal—why?

If an individual had taken sadistic glee in the slaughter of multiple children and was subsequently apprehended, the perpetrator would, of course, never again see the light of day. Children are not dogs, however both child and dog are dependent, innocent, and precious creatures, qualifying for the classification of “the least among us.”

I am left scratching my head over the ability of admitted dog-killer and sadist Michael Vick being able to again serve as guardian to one, something which it is obvious he was not happy for the public to come to know.

It is troubling to me that solely by virtue of being a superior football player, Vick has been welcomed back to his exalted position as a rich and admired man, his crime spree having been set aside by many fans that believe that football is the most important facet of our lives. Even former Gov. Ed Rendell, who purports to be a dog-lover, seeks to whitewash Vick’s abhorrent crimes against animals, recently stating in a radio interview, “I love Michael Vick!” 

I do not love Michael Vick. Some crimes are unforgivable and unforgettable. I do not believe an individual should have the opportunity to wash away a fatal character flaw as a mere “mistake” from which he has purportedly learned. Vick has demonstrated through his actions that he should always be regarded as a potential menace to civilized society. If he is considered by the "justice" system to have served his time, he deserves the ability to make a living. He does not deserve the ability to earn $10 million per year as a respected professional athlete whom some admire.

It is unfortunate that the Humane Society of the United States is not in a position to disparage the notion of Vick having a dog in his household again. That is because the organization has diminished its reputation by unwisely working with Vick as he tours the nation to pay lip service to treating animals with sensitivity and basic decency.

If Vick must be permitted to have a dog, and if there is a desire to protect defenseless animals, close watch should be kept on his home by animal protection authorities. The past is generally the best predictor of the future.

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Crystal Morning October 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM
The dog will be mistreated and it may go on for years like sandusky, because men are just what they are men which makes a mere game more important that the suffering of a inocent life human or other. I am sickened by the role that football and any other sport takes in the American life.
Roger October 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Crystal, can we assume that any evil lurking in your past life remains as it once did? Can we assume that your behavior, thought patterns, and worldview has never changed? Can we assume that your body of wisdom is like it was 10, 15, 20, or 25 years ago?
Ed M October 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
He was not allowed to own a dog for three (3) years. That time has passed. Please gt your facts straight before making comments like "Guess when you make millions and have celebrity status, you can get away with whatever you want."
Ed M October 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Now that is one heck of a statement, Crystal. Thanks for lumping all men in the same category. Would it be OK if men did this for women?
Oren Spiegler October 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I would agree with your final statement wholeheartedly. It is sad that the lives of so many are turned over to a sport whose focus is violence. Certainly most of the evil and violence that is perpetrated in our world emanates from men, but it is unfair and inaccurate to generalize. There is also a multitude of decent, sensitive, considerate men that would never hurt any other person or creature. ...

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