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Michael Vick’s dog adoption app

Pro football star Michael Vick has written a book that will be out in September, and he is promoting it on the talk and sports show circuits.

True to form, Vick and his handlers continue to offend and incense animal lovers and anyone else, for that matter, who is concerned about the sports/entertainment industry turning a blind eye to criminal brutality by players and other celebrities.

Apologists say that Mr. Vick has paid his debt to society by serving time in federal prison and that he should be allowed to get on with his life and his profession.

In truth, Vick served time for the federal charges of “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.” And, while his participation in dog fighting and the death by hanging of some of his dogs was a sentencing consideration, he did not serve time for animal cruelty, which may be the reason he routinely avoids expressing regret for what he did to his dogs.

This apparent lack of remorse and lack of expressed concern for the suffering he caused — whether because of lawyerly advice to avoid self-incrimination or due to a big void in his moral make-up — is what infuriates those of us who believe that Vick has not only not paid his debt to society for torturing and killing animals, but hasn’t even expressed remorse about it.

Rather, he talks about letting people down and making mistakes, and so on. He apologizes to the kids who looked up to him and to his family, but never approaches anything close to being truly sorry for what he did and allowed to occur at Bad Newz Kennels.

By court order, Vick is barred from owning a dog for three years after his release from prison. With the three years about to expire, one of the points covered on a recent national TV talk show was his apparent desire to get another dog. He says his kids really want a dog and, therefore, he should be able to have one. Considering how well he cared for his previous dogs, you can imagine the response that this statement draws from the animal-loving public.

Best Friends is often asked if we think Vick should be allowed to own another dog. While his eligibility for dog ownership is a matter of law, imagine, if you would, what it would be like reading through a potential dog adoption application from Michael Vick:

  • Have you had a dog before? Yes
  • If yes, how many? Lots
  • Do you still have a dog(s)? No
  • If you have had dogs in the past, please let us know their current disposition. Dead or confiscated by federal authorities.
  • If you no longer have other dogs, please let us know what happened to them. Some I sold to dog fighters, some I had my cousin electrocute or shoot, some I personally strangled, drowned or body-slammed to death.
  • Why do you want to get a dog at this time? Because I served my time and kids want a dog.

OK, thank you, Michael. We’ll get back to you on your application.

On a more serious note, the dogs who were rescued from Vick’s dog-fighting operation continue to suffer the consequences of his intentional cruelty. Many of the 22 Vicktory dogs who came to Best Friends for rehabilitation arrived with a hidden killer circulating through their blood – babesia gibsoni, a fatal blood-born protozoan parasite that destroys red blood cells and ultimately causes death. It is virtually impossible to cure and treatment of symptoms involves long-term steroid therapy, which is itself debilitating.

It is a terrible, wasting disease that is spread primarily through blood-to-blood exchanges during dog-fighting matches. Lucas (pictured above), who once was Vick’s grand champion fighter, has B. gibsoni. He is a wonderful dog who, for years has spent his days visiting with different staff as an occasional office dog. Lucas loves people and everyone loves him, his heavily scarred face and head notwithstanding.

Lucas survived the fighting ring and the “tender mercies” of Vick and his cohorts, but he is struggling with babesia. It is painful to watch his decline and just another reminder of the actions of an unrepentant dog killer. Please keep Lucas in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Francis Battista

 

  • 1cajunbabe

    In no way, shape or form should this monster ever own another dog. The very idea of him owning a dog, makes me sick.

  • Lindsay_strachan

    Michael Vick does not have one ounce of moral character. If one is kind to animals then they will be kind to people. I rest my case.  He is despicable and I hope no one buys his BS book!  It absolutely disgusts me that he could get such a limited sentence.  He should be thrown to the dogs!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QXFN5SMBE2BDXJVG6YQIZI2P3Y KellyS

    He should never, ever, ever, ever, be allowed to own any type of animal. I read the book “The Lost Dogs” and Michael Vick isn’t even human. What he did is beyond cruel. He did not serve his time and has not repaid his debt to society. 

  • kimkyle

    Thank you for writing this, Francis. I will forward, share, LIKE, Tweet, Pin, etc. I never stop hoping that if enough people know the truth, things can change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000523327786 Bonnie Jo Hicks

    For Vick – No dog. Not now. Not ever.
    For BFAS – You rock!

  • Aimmerblum

    People who abuse animals are likely to escalate to other people or children. If you look up the facts about animal abusers & domestic violence it is scary. He should be closely watched. 

  • PittieloverMA

    Agreed – how could anyone let this man have a dog? If he was a child abuser, would he be allowed to adopt a child because his llittle darling wanted a sister?  With the intentional, violent abuse and murder of his dogs, he should never, ever be allowed to own another dog. Sorry for his kids – but get a goldfish.

    • Elee33z

      I agree.  Felons who have broken the law, when they are released them breaking the law haunts them for the rest of their life even though they paid their debt to society.  Vick gets out there are people who still look at him as  tho hes a hero, now a book, still being endorsed and being paid millions, when does his past haunt him????  Never should he own a dog again, in fact all of his endorsements should be going to shelters and rescues for the rest of his living days.  That is the only place that will hurt him is in his pocket.  HE HAS IN NO WAY PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY ALL THE SUFFERING THOSE DOGS INDURED, HE NEVER SHOULD OWN ANY ANIMAL.  Word to his kids – be careful he might put you in the pit if he can’t have a dog.

    • Margocat3

      i wouldn’t trust him with a goldfish,would probably throw it in a tank with pirranahs just to watch the blood sport,he is a greedy sadatic lowlife.

  • Laura Stremel

    Why let any animal take the chance of being tortured behind close doors. Hell no. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410879846 Cristina Santucci

    Thank you BF!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.ganzhorn Sharon Darnell Ganzhorn

    I am networking and begging in every way I can for people to boycott this “person’s” forthcoming book.  I am appalled that he could possibly own another dog.  I wish I could be a bigger person, but I just can’t forgive this monster.

    • http://www.facebook.com/maxcine.parker Maxcine Parker

      This has nothing to do with forgiving Vick and everything to do with forgetting what he did to all those poor innocent dogs!!  Only by forgetting could anyone even think that he should own another dog!!  Just goes to show where HSUS & Wayne Percelle are in their thinking!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207953181 Erin Jenkins

    I don’t care if he ever shows remorse, because let’s face it, he probably won’t. But he should, by no means, ever be allowed to adopt a dog. I’m sure jail was a breeze for him; it was just a matter of waiting out his sentence. His true punishment should be looking his daughters in the eyes and telling them WHY they cannot have a dog. There should be no statute of limitations on this particular punishment and I’m saddened to know that he only had to wait three years. 

  • Tammy

    Absolutely not!!  Michael Vick makes me ill.  He’s a waste of human skin.  At the very least he should be responsible for ALL court costs that the American people had to fork over for his ‘fair trial’, the costs to house him (yeah, I bet it was a hard stretch) and for every cent it has cost every organization and individual to clean up his pathetic mess.  There is no way this man should ever have access to another dog.  I wouldn’t give him a cactus.

    • PHM

      MV should be castrated, so no more little kids would have a “father” like he.  He is scum and I hope his book is rejected by book stores.  And I wish someday that the NFL would get it, and remove scum from their teams.  I also want to applaud Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for their compassionate work with the V dogs they rescued and rehabilitated and found loving homes for.  Lastly, I wish MV would be swallowed up by the clouds of hate around him and disappear off the face of the earth.

  • Anonymous

    I usually don’t comment on these things, but I just have to this time. When I read the USA Today article about Michael Vick, I was just shocked. This person should NEVER own an animal, ever again. (In fact, there should be a minimum distance that he should be kept from animals.)
    I seriously doubt that Vick should be a parent, either, for that matter. I worry about him being a father. He has no real remorse for his sins, and I am afraid HE WILL be violent again. And I really hope that won’t happen, but I won’t be surprised when it does.

    • Anonymous

      You may be certain he WILL be violent again, quite likely, given the opportunity, at those posting critical comments..

    • Daisy’s mom

      I would also caution the woman (women?) in his life to have the phone number of the nearest battered women’s shelter handy (does the name OJ ring a bell?) … cruelty is cruelty.

  • Maryalice

    Lucas is beautiful – So glad he’s alive and praying for his health to get well !!!

  • Apenner

    That application to adopt is scary.

  • Curlyhair

    excellent. the victory dogs are awesome and so is best friends. lets protect all dogs from the sociopath known as vick

  • Curlyhair

    excellent. the victory dogs are awesome and so is best friends. lets protect all dogs from the sociopath known as vick

  • Monica Weir

    I cannot begin to tell you how this sickens me.  What weighs heavily is not only Mr. Vick’s lack of accountability and remorse, but the countless people swirling around him who don’t see anything wrong with letting him have a go at another animal.  Sometimes I think animal welfare advocacy is making progress, and then I’m rudely awakened.  It’s a sad, emotionless state of affairs.

    I will continue to share photos and information, sign petitions and boycott anything Vick, in the event that at least one other person will get it.  Thanks for all that you do!

  • Monica Weir

    I cannot begin to tell you how this sickens me.  What weighs heavily is not only Mr. Vick’s lack of accountability and remorse, but the countless people swirling around him who don’t see anything wrong with letting him have a go at another animal.  Sometimes I think animal welfare advocacy is making progress, and then I’m rudely awakened.  It’s a sad, emotionless state of affairs.

    I will continue to share photos and information, sign petitions and boycott anything Vick, in the event that at least one other person will get it.  Thanks for all that you do!

    • http://www.facebook.com/maxcine.parker Maxcine Parker

      For what it’s worth, I’m right there with you, Monica!!

  • liz

    Michael Vick is a detestable person in every respect.  He deserves nothing good in his life yet the public soon forgets…. It seems as if famous athletes can do whatever they want.  People idolize them without any regard to humanity and compassion.  I read the book and I was sickened by what a man can do to a living creature.  I pray that in some way the message of intolerance will continue to be in the forefront of all us who love our animals!

  • liz

    Michael Vick is a detestable person in every respect.  He deserves nothing good in his life yet the public soon forgets…. It seems as if famous athletes can do whatever they want.  People idolize them without any regard to humanity and compassion.  I read the book and I was sickened by what a man can do to a living creature.  I pray that in some way the message of intolerance will continue to be in the forefront of all us who love our animals!

  • Guest

    Alcoholics are advised to avoid alcohol so that they do not relapse.  With the sociopathic tendencies Michael Vick has routinely shown, e.g. only regretting getting caught/indicating that he would still be fighting dogs had he not been caught, never showing remorse for any of the terrible things he did to those dogs, he should never be allowed near a dog.  He should have to explain to his children the horrible things he did to dogs and that his actions are the reasons they cannot have a dog.  It is impressive that he somehow still has custody of his children.  If you abuse dogs, why not your own children?

    • guest

      The only reason he still does is probably because he’s a celebrity. If he were an average Joe busted for such a crime, Social Services would never let him rest. Heck, they don’t let you rest if you’re busted for a minor crime and you have children. 

    • Yaiyai50

      well just a note hear but i hear he’s working with the aspca humani society and there taslking about leting him adopt a dog so .maybe we need to come down on them before that happens just sayin

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6WPW2FSI7CYTDXEICYBYPNNIVY sandeleh

    So this B. gibsoni is like doggy AIDS?  the dogs just fade away?  How horrible!  Can life be prolonged with transfusions from uninfected dogs?  Is this something shelters or vets should be looking for in rescued pits?  The more I read about dog fighting and M. Vick, the less I like it.  

    My rescued pit (far from any dog fighting rings) in California.

  • powellrhonda_8

    No way, no how, should Vick ever be allowed to own another animal.  I seriously wonder why he still has children, and do they know what their Dad did to dogs? 

    He has gotten on with his life and his profession, to the tune of lots of money, I have no idea how much.   And he still has the adoration of tons of people.  Let that be enough, and more than he deserves, leave the animals alone.  That is my opinion.

  • JSnyder

    I think everyone should own at least one dog… except for Michael Vick