Friday, July 1, 2011

Former Vick Dog Gets (Yummy) Key to Dallas

Here is a post about one of the former Vick dogs from I Love Dogs.  I know that this is a "hot topic" among most people because I read all the comments at the original site of this article.  You may want to visit and read them too, but for the purpose of this post I have left them out. 

I read the book, The Lost Dogs about the fight to save these innocent dogs.  It was a real eye-opener to the way dogs are dealt with in our society.  I love pit bulls and always have.  I think my first dog was a pittie; they make wonderful pets and loyal companions.  Back in the forties, they were considered to be "babysitters" because of their love of children and fierce protective qualities.

I don't really watch football, but you can't help knowing who Michael Vick is.  I think it is a shame that he is still playing football and being a role-model for our youth.  Despite all the comments and all the reporting about him, my thought is that he has never one time expressed any remorse (except about being caught) and he has not given any financial support to the dogs that were saved. 

Would we be as forgiving if the dogs were instead young girls being forced into the sex-slave industry?  Would we be so quick to forgive and forget because he is a great football player?  I don't know.  I just know that it is a shame to have such a person set up as a role model. 

Please read about one of the lucky Vick dogs and let me know your thoughts.

Vick dog gets key to city of DallasWhen Michael Vick received a key to the city of Dallas from Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway last February, animal lovers were outraged that the honor was bestowed upon a convicted dog fighter. (Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert later said the presentation was made without his knowledge or approval.)

Richard Hunter, a radio host who adopted one of Vick’s former bait dogs, attended the event and used his cell phone to make a video, which he posted online. In the shaky video, he follows Vick and his bodyguards as they leave the building.

“You said you’re worried about the dogs, Mike,” Hunter says to Vick. “Now’s your time to talk.”
Vick doesn’t answer, but a voice allegedly belonging to one of Vick’s bodyguards says, “We don’t care about the dog.”

During an East Lake Pet Orphanage awards ceremony last week honoring Hunter for his work on behalf of animals, Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt said, “One of my colleagues in the city of Dallas showed a grave lapse in judgment by awarding the highest honor our city can bestow – our key to the city – on someone who was entirely undeserving and someone who has shown serious cruelty and inhumanity.”

In addition to the award, Hunt presented Hunter with an honorary key to the city – along with an edible key for his dog, a Pit Bull named Mel.

Hunt said that Hunter had gone before the Dallas city council earlier this year. “He reminded us that his adoption of Mel and incorporation of one of Michael Vick’s dogs into his own family had enriched his life, and had helped one of our canine friends build trust again,” she said.

“And he also reminded the city council that it’s not really a great idea to hand out keys to the city to convicted felons,” she added.

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