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When Michael Vick's little dogfighting enterprise collapsed like a wet taco, there were 54 pit bulls at Bad Newz Kennels.

Fifty.  Four.  Of what is considered the most American of breed (pit bulls were used in a lot of United States artwork around WWII, for example).  I've known people with pit bulls.  Raised properly, they are loyal and friendly and even tempered and protective and loving and great pets.  Fifty four turned into monsters by Michael Vick's inhumanity.

In the days afterwards, the Humane Society Of The United States begged for funds to help the poor dogs, then wanted to euthanize all of them.  Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive of HSUS, and he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "I have been around him [Vick] a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner."  And lest you think I'm just trying to stir up trouble, Pacelle also wrote a nice long piece defending the idea of Vick, currently a spokesperson for the HSUS, having a dog on his blog.

Just last week, Vick was speaking to a group of school kids about taking care of pets “with all your heart," he stated that, if it weren't for his arrest, "Honestly … Yeah, I’d probably still be doing it."

I can't think of a better person to have a dog.  What's next?  Roman Polanski babysits your kids?


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Dec. 17th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Right there with you. Shaking my head over the whole thing. :/
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
I have a solution! Let him have a single dog, no more than that, JUST ONE DOG. He has to adopt from an authorized shelter paying for all the shots, fixed, etc. He has to donate the cost of 53 additional adoptions (shots, fixed, etc) to said shelter (thus allowing people who are going to love and care for the pet but don't have the money for all that extra stuff to get one).

And he is only allowed to walk out of there with either a Toy Poodle or a Chihuahua.

IF he treats the dog well, and IF the dog lives a full life eventually dying of old age or natural causes, then maybe he can have another just like it after the first one has passed on.

Conversely, should said dog be beaten, used in fights, or die of less than natural causes, he has to legally change his name to Puppy Killer and has to allow himself to be pelted with pet toys during the half time show at the Super Bowl.
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