NFL football player, Michael Vick, continues to cause a concerning outcry in the canine community.
Last season Vick played for the New York Jets and on Tuesday of this week he announced a one-year quarterback deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The sick irony is his first day with the Steelers coincided with National Dog Day.
As you can imagine, dog lovers have been barking up a storm, protesting against Vick and his disturbing past.
Most people are already aware that Michael Vick was convicted and arrested in April 2007 for facilitating dog fighting, but many people don’t understand the magnitude of his brutal abuse towards canines. Of course, the media only provided a partial story, leaving out the devasting harm he had on the dogs at his Bad Newz Kennel.
Meet Donna Reynolds, co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Respondible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), an East Bay organization in Virginia with a reputation for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. Her organization nurtured 49 pit bulls seized from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels after his arrest.
Although Reynolds has witnessed heart-wrenching stories in her line of business, this experience still haunts her today:
“The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs,” Reynolds wrote on her blog. “Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water.”
She continued, “We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.”
“I wear some pretty thick skin during our work with dogs, but I can’t shake my minds-eye image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror … brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull the little dog to safety. I think I’ll be looking for ways to pull that dog out for the rest of my life.”
The horror Michael Vick previously unleashed on harmless pups continues to haunt dog lovers, but sadly he shows no remorse. That is what still motivates people out to football games with protest signs, knowing that Michael Vick tortured and killed innocent dogs, and today he is still playing professional football and has never truly apologized for his evil actions.
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