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Vick can own a dog, after his “supervised release” ends

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It has been widely assumed that Eagles quarterback Mike Vick may never again own a dog as part of the sentence imposed on him after he pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to dogfighting and gambling.

The perception has been fueled in part by the comments from Vick himself, who seems to believe that he needs special permission from the judge who sent him to prison in order to ever purchase or own a dog.

I don’t know when that day is going to come,” Vick said last year.  “It’s up to my judge at his discretion.”

More recently, Vick said that he “would love to have another dog in the future,” and that “if I ever have that opportunity again, I won’t take it for granted.”

As it turns out, he will have that opportunity again.

We tracked down (thanks to a reader who also is a lawyer) a copy of Vick’s sentencing order from December 10, 2007.  And while the document states that “[t]he defendant shall not engage in the purchase, possession, or sale of any canine,” that limitation appears as a condition of Vick’s supervised release, otherwise known as probation.

Vick was placed on three years of “supervised release,” which began to run after he was released from prison.  Thus, at some point in 2012, he’ll no longer be on supervised release — and he’ll be able to buy, own, and/or sell dogs.

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  1. stevemcguigan says: Dec 16, 2010 9:54 AM

    I hope he gets an English Bulldog and names it Redemption.

  2. theytukrjobs says: Dec 16, 2010 9:56 AM

    Oh happy day!

  3. phillybirds says: Dec 16, 2010 9:56 AM

    Thank you for this update. Can we talk about football now? LOL

  4. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 16, 2010 9:57 AM

    Tell him to put a chain around his neck and look in the mirror

  5. rhythmfish says: Dec 16, 2010 9:58 AM

    I told my Jack Russell Terrior that if he completed obedience school I would get him an ex-con quarterback.

  6. zaggs says: Dec 16, 2010 9:59 AM

    Yes, the guy who thought of different and more torturous ways of killing dogs should totally own one.
    Come on, you know the dude is already betting on fights.

  7. halasfan says: Dec 16, 2010 10:06 AM

    Glad we cleared that all up. I was afraid the dog slayer would never be able to get another one.

    Hopefully, whatever he gets will maul him.

  8. mikea311 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:06 AM

    I hope the dog bites him.

  9. dkhhuey says: Dec 16, 2010 10:07 AM

    Really? This is a scumbag thug who strangled, bludgeoned, shot, hung, drown, and electrocuted innocent animals. If that wasn’t bad enough, he tortured them until they were so mean they would fight to the death. Oh yeah, and Mikie the dog slaughterer was sitting there enjoying that show too. Somehow, now that he can still throw a football, that makes it okay for him to pick up another animal. I’m usually not in favor of some of the things PETA does, but in this case – they need to get radical and ensure this thug does not own another animal.

  10. blarch says: Dec 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    It is possible for a person to change. This particular person has clearly changed in a few ways, he takes his work much more seriously, he takes the burdens placed upon him as a result of his actions very seriously. Both of these things are in pretty stark contrast to his prior “I’m just talented so that’s all I need” approach to life.

    Hopefully his approach to animals has also changed. I find it hard to imagine that it hasn’t. Sitting in jail you have nothing but time to reflect, and he fell from a pretty great height, farther than most prisoners fell. That’s a lot to reflect on.

  11. camprobot says: Dec 16, 2010 10:19 AM

    Aww poor babies gonna cry because Mike Vick is gonna own a dog. Awww. :(

    Jealousy is ugly guys. Get out of your moms basement and get back into the trade school you dropped out of and one day you may end up more than someone that spends all their time crying.

  12. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:25 AM

    while i generally dont support his owning a dog again, if thats what the legal system has decided, then i’m cool with it. however, for all those who want him punished forever, Mike Vick isnt the only person in the history of the world to engage in dogfighting. it goes on EVERY DAY in EVERY part of the country (and probably many places all over the world) and has been for quite some time. take your pitch forks and torches and go DEMAND that we start tossing everyone in jail..FOREVER…
    funny that we DONT hear any national media coverage for the average joes that get convicted of dogfighting throughout the country….o wait, no one generally cares when people who arent famous do this stuff. it becomes a paragraph in your local and state section of the newspaper.

  13. anythingbutyanks says: Dec 16, 2010 10:25 AM

    great….now Vick knows.

  14. 8man says: Dec 16, 2010 10:33 AM

    Well if we stopped him from owning a dog, would we have to stop sex offenders from getting married….or bank robbers from having checking accounts?

    I don’t believe I just wrote that…..

    Let me start over….

  15. chapnastier says: Dec 16, 2010 10:39 AM

    @ camprobot

    I would rather be a middle America person with morals than a talented scumbag worth millions. Some people value integrity, I suppose you don’t. Shocker.

  16. snowflake0727 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:41 AM

    From the book “The Lost Dogs” written by Jim Gorant, the senior editor of Sports Illustrated…..

    As that dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So, Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was dead.*

    Now tell me he should have a dog again…

  17. breeshasabush says: Dec 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    Hopefully he gets bit in the leg, severs an artery in his leg so the bastard cant run anymore and contracts rabies and somehow HIV (wishful thinking) seeing as he has no problem with spreading diseases and killing animals. The ultimate form of Karma….. please save me the “he paid for his ‘mistakes’ ” just bc u serve time doesnt mean u pay for the crime you did it just means you have a criminal record and are more prone to do more harm to society than other people who……..dont torture household pets and go to prison to sharpen their criminal minds!

    Brees holds his son up in the air when he wins a Superbowl

    Vick holds his dogs head under water when he wants a good laugh.

  18. bobbyhoying says: Dec 16, 2010 10:46 AM

    You are kidding. It must be a slow news day. And I just began to think you guys were maturing as journalists.

  19. pastabelly says: Dec 16, 2010 10:46 AM

    Hard to believe that it will be one of those Paris Hilton type dogs that fit in his man bag.

  20. dkhhuey says: Dec 16, 2010 10:49 AM

    #
    camprobot says: Dec 16, 2010 10:19 AM

    Aww poor babies gonna cry because Mike Vick is gonna own a dog. Awww. :(

    Jealousy is ugly guys. Get out of your moms basement and get back into the trade school you dropped out of and one day you may end up more than someone that spends all their time crying.

    _____________________________________

    Look a$$munch – I work at an animal sanctuary so I see the results of Mikie the dog slaughter every single day! You act like all he did was kick a dog or smack it with a rolled up newspaper. Sorry genius, what this man did is sick, disgusting, disturbing, and repulsive. He sat around and slaughtered innocent animals because they wouldn’t fight hard enough for his ego and his enjoyment. There is no rehabilitation for that type of mentality nor has he done ANYTHING to make amends for his nauseating behavior. There is a special place in hell for this man and people like him.

  21. fancyleague says: Dec 16, 2010 10:50 AM

    What we really need to know is if Ben Roethlisberger can ever visit a bar bathroom again.

  22. nfl4ever says: Dec 16, 2010 10:50 AM

    I hope Vick gets a Labrador Retriever, maybe the dogs intelligence will rub off on him.

  23. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 10:51 AM

    And here we go again……. Yawn
    PFT just cant leave a hot button topic alone.
    If you spent years in Leavenworth Federal Prison for your crime, you get a chance at redemption. It’s the American way.
    This topic is just so boring. What, was there no imaginary DJax contract issues today to report?

  24. jimmy1smith says: Dec 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    Vick should talk to Ziggy, he already owns a dog.

  25. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Dec 16, 2010 11:02 AM

    Vick is walking a disciplinary tightrope imposed by the court and the league. One more slip-up and he will fall to the status of a mere footnote in football history.

    Tread carefully, Michael, as there are no third chances in this game.

  26. ICDogg says: Dec 16, 2010 11:03 AM

    Which is exactly why he should be allowed by the judge to own a dog now, while he is under close supervision.

    And just as he is given a second chance, a dog from a shelter also gets another lease on life. Win-win.

  27. muchmaligned says: Dec 16, 2010 11:04 AM

    Ridiculous! Just what the hell are you “journalists” doing? Hey, can you guys check to see if Dante Stallworth can ever own a car again?

  28. sfsaintsfan says: Dec 16, 2010 11:08 AM

    I believe that most people can change (there are some truly evil people who cannot) and that Vick has certainly turned his professional football career around. He went from a very erratic passer who could run to a polished QB. I did not think that was possible, but he has done it. If Vick ever does decide to own a dog again, as he appears to have every legal right to do when he is done with his probation, I would hope that he would have the good sense to get something other than a Pit Bull or some other fighting dog. He should get one of those little bitty toy dogs like Paris Hilton would have. Something that could fit in his purse……or manbag.

  29. bucsballer says: Dec 16, 2010 11:18 AM

    Ok all u you guy needa shut up. Stop crying caue he wants a dog. The man is tryin to change and al u idiots are sittin here screamin how he will never change. Ik this may shock many of u idiots but…… people change. Give him a chance. He did his time now let him alone. U think he is the only one in the league who did this? cause if u do, ur an idiot. Prolly more guys than u think do it right now in the league. u needa get over it. wat he did was wrong yes. Should he get a second chance? YES. U realize he had a dog he took care of wen he did all this? it was a golden lab that he trained raised and had taken from him. Give him chance with this cause he is trying to change, but u people dont let him cause u have to bring this up like it happened yesterday

  30. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 11:19 AM

    muchmaligned says: Dec 16, 2010 11:04 AM

    Ridiculous! Just what the hell are you “journalists” doing? Hey, can you guys check to see if Dante Stallworth can ever own a car again?

    fancyleague says: Dec 16, 2010 10:50 AM

    What we really need to know is if Ben Roethlisberger can ever visit a bar bathroom again

    Could not have said it better myself. Dude has done his time, get a life people.

  31. depack says: Dec 16, 2010 11:23 AM

    Fact: It only took about 40 seconds of Mike Vick alledgedly holding a dog’s head under water to drown him.

    Fact: It only takes about 4 quarters of good football for the average NFL fan to forget all the brutal things Vick did to dogs!

  32. lowleadman says: Dec 16, 2010 11:43 AM

    Are you kidding me? It’s all very well that Vick has served his time and is back being a member of society (I think)

    But, allowing him to own a dog is akin to allowing a “reformed” child molester to resume babysitting. Give me a break. Anyone ask the dog his opinion?

  33. nygfan says: Dec 16, 2010 11:50 AM

    @ depack
    … did you use the terms fact and alledgedly in the same sentence?

    You’re right about everyone jumping on the Vick bandwagon after he won a few games. I blame the media mostly trying to shove him down our throats as a “feel good story”

  34. chapnastier says: Dec 16, 2010 11:51 AM

    @ bucsballer

    Can you translate that jibberish to English please?

  35. jskill3 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:05 PM

    I could support this:

    Vick should go to the pound and take whatever dog is next in line for euthanasia. This is the only dog Vick should be allowed to even consider. Vick should have the dog out in publick at least once a week. And then time will tell whether the dog was lucky, or met a fate worse than death. If that dog lives a happy life, then Vick can repeat the process.

    Sorry, Vick, but on this one, you are not even level with a pop warner kid.

  36. rlsmit says: Dec 16, 2010 12:07 PM

    This is good, america loves redemtion stories. I’m glad to see him hitting these milestones.

    Good luck to you Vick!!

  37. kirkandhanh says: Dec 16, 2010 12:10 PM

    A lot of hate here for someone who paid his debt to society and is rebuilding his life. Are you scumbags crying over him redeeming himself jealous that you’ll never be as successful as him? I think it is great that he is turning his life around.

  38. phillybirds says: Dec 16, 2010 12:13 PM

    The Eagles are doomed forever. Even when McNabb is long gone and forgotten.. They will pay for getting rid of him. Their best player in history. Why should they ever expect to be better than 5 nfc championship games and no rings???

  39. hoobsher says: Dec 16, 2010 12:19 PM

    give it one more year and vick will be the spca’s favorite customer. its clear that this is a different vick from the past vick. anybody who doesnt agree is a cowboys fan, a giants fan, a redskins fan, a falcons fan, a PETA member, or an idiot. you can tell by the way he talks, the way he carries himself, and the way that his teammates and those closest to him speak of him. unless hes just acting like the most reformed man in the world just to fool us so he can own a dog again only so he can torture it…..that seems like a bit of a chore just for that. my money says he wants to own a dog for the same reason most do.

  40. nsia says: Dec 16, 2010 12:31 PM

    Sure, and we should start giving children to child molesters too. Once a person is an abuser they generally always have the tendency–how many more innocent dogs will have to be tortured and killed?

  41. SpartaChris says: Dec 16, 2010 12:40 PM

    So a guy who tortured and murdered at least 8 defenseless dogs is allowed to have another one? And we wonder why our society is so screwed up.

  42. SpartaChris says: Dec 16, 2010 12:44 PM

    muchmaligned says:
    Dec 16, 2010 11:04 AM
    Ridiculous! Just what the hell are you “journalists” doing? Hey, can you guys check to see if Dante Stallworth can ever own a car again?
    ==============================
    Well, genius, he’s not allowed to have a driver license again for the rest of his life.

    God, Vick supporters are nauseating. It’s not about jealousy. It’s about not allowing a guy who did something so heinous to just wipe the slate clean.

  43. tlclove says: Dec 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    To bad the judge wasn’t smart enough to know that Vick or any animal abuser should NEVER have access to an animal again. To the dogs of the world if you see Vick or any other creepy animal abuser come towards you run like hell the other way and keep running! His kids might think twice about having a dog if they knew the grisly details of what Vick and his friends actually did to those dogs.

  44. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2010 12:49 PM

    I don’t like dogs, never have, never will.

    But I have never once thought about killing one, much less dozens of them.

    The guy is a sociopath, period.

  45. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2010 12:51 PM

    Wow, check this out….

    “According to officials, investigators and police, Vick is classified as a sociopath. Apparently, he was an anomaly even among the most brutal of animal fighters. According to one investigator, confirmed by police officials, Micheal Vick threw his own family pet into “the pit”, between 2 dogs to encourage the dogs to fight. The instigating animal, usually a kitten or a smaller dog in Vick’s case (his own family’s pet), is left for dead or alive.”

    There’s more here….
    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/3953160-micheal-vick-determined-a-sociopath-by-officials

  46. weezilgirl says: Dec 16, 2010 12:52 PM

    “funny that we DONT hear any national media coverage for the average joes that get convicted of dogfighting throughout the country….o wait, no one generally cares when people who arent famous do this stuff. it becomes a paragraph in your local and state section of the newspaper.”
    ********************************************
    Obviously you have a learning disability when it comes to reading and knowing what goes on with the media and dogfights.

    The biggest dogfighting bust, ever, was executed last year in Missouri. It was ALL OVER THE NEWS. 400+ dogs were rescued and a large number of “fighters” were charged and convicted.

  47. tlclove says: Dec 16, 2010 1:07 PM

    Too bad the judge wasn’t smart enough to know that Vick or any animal abuser should NEVER have access to an animal again. To the dogs of the world if you see Vick or any other creepy animal abuser come towards you run like hell the other way and keep running! His kids might think twice about having a dog if they knew the grisly details of what Vick and his friends actually did to those dogs.

  48. kirkandhanh says: Dec 16, 2010 1:11 PM

    Anti-Vick supporters are even worse.

  49. saturn1111 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:11 PM

    @breeshasabush:

    you are who I thought you are.

  50. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 2:01 PM

    @phillybirds says: Dec 16, 2010 12:13 PM

    The Eagles are doomed forever. Even when McNabb is long gone and forgotten.. They will pay for getting rid of him. Their best player in history. Why should they ever expect to be better than 5 nfc championship games and no rings???

    STFU. Eagles are clearly better without him. And what exactly is he doing in DC? Nothing. His carreer is over soon and you’re thinking because we brilliantly traded him, the entire future of the franchise is doomed? Even after he is gone and forgotten? WTF? Wow. This line of thinking was popular like, pre season. Please don’t watch the rest of the Eagles games and switch to the Redskins and tell your McNabb family we don’t miss him a bit cause he brought us NOTHING.
    If Birds were 3-10 right now you would have an arguable point. Or even if the Redskins were in the playoff hunt now you might have a point there as well. But unfortunately all you have is your retarded opinion.
    Also, your post contains nothing about the topic. Go rage on the Redskins forum you dope

  51. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 2:09 PM

    Can DStallworth ever use auto transportation again?
    Should Big Bad Ben be allowed unsupervised in any restroom?
    Should London Fletcher be allowed to drive?
    Should Ray Lewis be allowed to own a shiv knife?
    Should Marvin Harrison still be allowed to own guns and a car wash(!)?
    Should Clinton Portis pay some kind of fine for his continued support for dog fighting?
    Should Parrish Cox even be allowed to play while being investigated for felony sex assault?

    You people who are all upset about Vick should check your priorities. And PFT loves you for it…..

  52. dkhhuey says: Dec 16, 2010 2:31 PM

    #
    kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 2:09 PM

    You people who are all upset about Vick should check your priorities. And PFT loves you for it…..

    _____________________________________

    Scumbag sociopaths like mike the dog slaughterer are my priority. Perhaps you should change yours since it appears that throwing a football around in Philly is all that counts to give somebody a pass on torturing, killing, and fighting innocent animals

  53. rlsmit says: Dec 16, 2010 2:38 PM

    @joetoronto

    Thanks for leaving out the creditability piece at the bottom. Anyone can write a random article on the internet. However just because someone writes it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

    This tells me everything I need to know
    “According to officials, investigators and police, Vick is classified as a sociopath.”
    Whenever I meet a person whose actual name is official, Investigator, or Police, then I’ll take this article seriously, until then it’s just another random rant on the internet without any credibility.

    Thanks for the Google search, I can do it too. Given we live in the land of second chances, Vick has gone from zero to hero

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Michael+Vick+from+zero+hero+Eagles+leads+Bowl+voting/3948259/story.html

  54. alb999 says: Dec 16, 2010 2:43 PM

    I used to be an Eagles fan — up until the day they hired Michael Vick. The reason is that I watch football for entertainment, and I don’t find the images that flash through my mind whenever I hear Michael Vick’s name to be entertaining.

    What images? Well, imagine getting up every day and beating your dog throughout the day and shocking it repeatedly with a cattle prod in order to ‘improve’ its disposition. Then imagine putting your dog in a pit with another dog for the sole purpose of watching them tear each other apart as you wager on the outcome. Then imagine that your dog isn’t a very good fighter, so you put it in a laundry bag and hold it under water while it squirms desparately until it has drowned. But wait, that wasn’t enough fun, so the next time you feel the need to kill a dog, you tie a rope around its neck and hang it from a tree limb and watch as it struggles frantically for air until it has choked to death. Ah, but that wasn’t enough fun either, so the next time, you tie your dog up and hook it up to a generator and watch as it spasms helplessly with steam coming out of its ears and its eyes popping out of its head until it’s dead.

    Those are the kind of images that flash through my mind every time I think of Vick. So I don’t watch the Eagles anymore. Maybe other people have less of an imagination than I do.

    Perhaps Vick can change. But who cares?

  55. rlsmit says: Dec 16, 2010 3:02 PM

    I had a talk with a couple of buddies about this over lunch. Some felt like most of you and some felt like me in the fact that I don’t see anything wrong with second chances. However, what I don’t also see are the same people here that are against Vick, making the same speeches toward Bull Fighting, Cow farms, hunting, or any other similar instances.

  56. dkhhuey says: Dec 16, 2010 3:46 PM

    @alb999 – Amazingly well put!!! As a person who is in the animal rescue and shelter world, the image of what mike the dog slaughterer did on a regular basis to these beautiful, innocent animals turns my stomach and will never be forgotten. The only reason he is still not doing it on a daily basis is because they were incredibly arrogant and less covert. Somebody that can inflict this type of pain, misery, viciousness, evil, and torture on another living being, all for the simple reason of their own entertainment, is nothing more than a sociopath who doesn’t deserve a second chance in this arena! I could care less if this worthless lowlife goes on to be the greatest quarterback in the history of football – he can never be rehabilitated when it comes to his attitude towards and the treatment of animals and should be barred forever from owning another one.

  57. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 4:21 PM

    dkhuey
    Kennel owners who like the NFL are about .9% of the population.
    I understand you’re still upset and feel the penalty paid by law was not what you feel is personally correct.
    I suggest you take matters in your own hands and go picket everywhere Vick is. (That worked for like a day, ask PETA)
    Waaah Waaah Waaah He didn’t pay his debt enough for you
    Move on and go clean your kennel or something

  58. rlsmit says: Dec 16, 2010 4:32 PM

    LMAO at dkhhuey,

    You don’t believe Vick should be given a second chance? To bad, that’s the american way. Feel free to leave the country at anytime.

  59. dkhhuey says: Dec 16, 2010 4:55 PM

    @kolbfan – thanks! I am hanging out with our rescues as I type. Its a great environment to work in. You, on the other hand, can continue slogging through your empty existence with a small glimmer of light that your blessed Eagles will win and bring a bit of joy to your dismal life. By all means continue to slobber all over mike the dog slaughterer’s johnson and worship the ground he oozes over. I absolutely thank you for again illustrating why hanging out with animals is so much more rewarding than hanging out listening to ignats like yourself attempt to cement together and toss out insignificant burps and fragments of intellect. The piles of gifts left behind by our rescues have twice the intelligence and depth you posses. But hey, I’m sure you’ll still be a mike the dog slaughterer fan long after he loses that last game and moves on to a better paycheck somewhere else!

  60. kolbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 6:05 PM

    dkhuey

    I suggest you aren’t passionate enough. Instead of wasting your time on comments, go out and actually DO SOMETHING for your beloved cause.
    Running a puppy mill does not make you king of all animals. You are just so much better of a human than most people, take solace in that Lassie boy.
    I’ve got 2 wonderful dogs myself and treat them like family. Would I have Mike Vick over for dinner? No. Would I pal around with him before or after his conviction? No.
    But criminals that pay their due get a chance at re employment. Just so happens this guys employment is QB in the NFL and you have to see him all the time in your pathetic life. Vick makes you very jealous because he can make millions at his job and you beg for donations. Bottom line.
    Go write your congressman if you feel he needs more punishment. Your beef is with our countries laws, not with Vick or Eagles fans. The law is the law. Now go wash Ol Yeller

  61. bigbear12 says: Dec 16, 2010 8:39 PM

    and he’ll be able to buy, own, and/or sell dogs.
    —-
    You find the sell part amusing jacka$$?

    Signing off.

  62. fellorio says: Dec 16, 2010 9:06 PM

    chapnastier says: Dec 16, 2010 11:51 AM

    @ bucsballer

    Can you translate that jibberish to English please?
    ————————————————————
    I can, but I thought it was “Gibberish”.

  63. fellorio says: Dec 16, 2010 9:19 PM

    @alb999
    “Those are the kind of images that flash through my mind every time I think of Vick.”

    I’m pretty sure you are lying about that, but if you are not, you have a very serious problem.

    If you are being honest, then you live in hell, and it is your own doing.

  64. animalkindness says: Dec 17, 2010 7:01 AM

    Well gee, does anyone think this would even be a topic if he were not playing well? I don’t think so and hey what about all those votes for qb for the pro bowl??? Can you vote more than once??

  65. dkhhuey says: Dec 17, 2010 10:37 AM

    @knobfan

    I work with and rescue animals every single day – that is what I do for a living!

    I love how all of you Eagles fans try to justify our hatred of this man because of jealousy. I know you’ve heard this many many times a day but you are amazingly wrong. I wouldn’t trade places with this waste of space at any price!!! He has a soul that is as dark and empty as any person on this planet and even with all of his millions – he is still nothing but a thug that gains enjoyment out of torturing, fighting, and butchering innocent animals!!! There is NO rehab for that type of behavior or mentality.

    I will try to type it out nice and slow so you’ll understand, being an Eagles fan and all –

    Does mike the dog slaughterer deserve a second chance to redeem himself in the world – Absolutely!

    Does mike the dog slaughterer deserve a second chance to play football in the NFL – Absolutely!

    Does mike the dog slaughterer deserve a second chance to own another animal dog – Absolutely NOT!

    I have no problem with mike the dog slaughterer being successful in other aspects of his world. He is human garbage in my book and when he pops up on TV – I just hit the mute button because I could care less what this scumbag has to say! However, when it comes to what he did to those animals – there is no forgiveness and there is no second chance! The only reason he is attempting to show remorse has nothing to do with actually thinking he did anything wrong – it was just because he got caught!

  66. alb999 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:44 AM

    Fellorio,

    Thank you for that excellent piece of psychoanalysis!

    Of course those images flash through my mind every time I think of Michael Vick. And no, I don’t live in hell, but I don’t live in oblivion either. I simply read Vick’s allocutuion onlne. It’s probably still out there. I addition to admitting to running a dog-fighting ring, he allocuted to killing dogs by drowning them, hanging them and electrocuting them, among other methods. It’s pretty dry reading. But what do those dry words actually mean? If you want to kill a dog, you could easily find an number of infinitely more humane ways to do it. What kind of person does what Michael Vick did? And why?

    I don’t presume to judge Michael Vick. Unlike you, I lack the ability to look into someone’s soul. But in order to understand what I read, I had to think about it.

    If someone tells you not to think about purple unicorns, you immediately form an image of a purple unicorn in your mind, even though no such creature has ever existed. You have to do this in order to understand the meaning of what you just heard. That’s how your brain works.

    What Michael Vick did is part of what defines who and what Michael Vick is. That’s why we keep having this discussion. Having read what he confessed to, those images are part of the image that flashes through my mind whenever I hear the name ‘Michael Vick’. I find those images disturbing, so I don’t watch the Eagles anymore.

    You obviously found my previous post disturbing enough to write a reply. Well, guess what? Now that you’ve read it, those images will be part of what flashes through your mind every time you hear the name ‘Michael Vick’ too.

    ENJOY!

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