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April 21, 2010

Conflicted

"Mankind is drawn to dogs because they are so like ourselves - bumbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least attention" -Pam Brown



Below is a story from the Roanoke Times today. Not sure how I feel about this one, so I did a quick search for "Vick Dogs" and came up with the photo below. My conclusion? Sorry Mr. Vick, donating a "portion of the proceeds" is not enough. Thoughts?


When former Virginia Tech standout and convicted dog-fighter Michael Vick signs autographs this weekend at a Blacksburg bookstore, a local animal shelter could benefit.

The manager of Tech Bookstore, where Vick will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday prior to the Hokies' annual spring game, said the current Philadelphia Eagle will be donating "a portion of the proceeds" to a local charity.

George Daniels expects it to be a "substantial" donation, something in the "four figures," or greater than $1,000. But he admitted that was a guess. Autograph-seekers can pay $25 in advance or $30 at the door to Vick's management company in exchange for his signature.

Daniels said the preferred charity would be either the Humane Society of Montgomery County or the local animal shelter.

Neither organization had been in touch with Daniels or Vick's representatives as of Tuesday afternoon, possibly because the humane society is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

But Ron Brown, president of the humane society's board of directors, said the organization would be open to a Vick donation.

"I could go both ways on it," Brown said Tuesday. "My personal feeling is that he did his penance and he is making an effort."

Brown said he is aware that community service and awareness projects are part of Vick's comeback after spending 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to operating a dog-fighting ring.

"If [donating money] is part of that, and it will help animals in this community, then I would think we would be amenable to that," Brown said.

Brown, whose organization often receives donations of $50 to $100 from schoolchildren and adults, said a $1,000 gift would be a "big" donation.

While the humane society would be open to additional funds, Brown said you shouldn't expect his group to support Vick or his return in any way.

"We do not approve or condone anything that he did," he said.

Those sentiments were echoed Tuesday by Lila Borge Wills, president of VA Paws.

"We trust this donation will go to a local humane organization," said Wills, who said she hopes this will put a "positive pull" on the weekend's events.

"Whether we agree that he should be working for the NFL or being out of jail at all, is out of our control -- he is," she said.

"We as animal lovers need to continue to work to stop dog fighting and keep this subject in the media."

She said requiring Vick to educate young people, through numerous talks to students with the Humane Society of the United States' End Dog Fighting Campaign, is "one way to stop this horrendous practice."

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, but Michael Vick is a joke. There is no amount of money that could justify his actions, and in my opinion, the time he spent in prison is not nearly enough. Some will say that he did his time and blah, blah, blah. Please, he got a slap on the wrist. He claims to be remorseful for his actions - give me a break. How could anyone who did the awful things he did to those dogs say he is remorseful? They NEVER should have been put through that kind of hell. Its not like he needed the money - the man had plenty. He knew that young children looked up to him, so this "remorseful" crap is just him putting on a game face to get back on the good side of all his so-called fans. It doesn't matter what kind of charity work he does or the amount of money he donates to any organization, he is still a disgrace in my book and always will be. To have him signing autographs at Tech....well anyone who still considers him to be some sort of hero obviously doesn't have any compassion for animals.

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  2. I am furious that Va Tech is hosting this event. I have also been very angry that HSUS accepted him as a spokesperson.

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  3. Anonymous, you said it best. Those dogs did not have a choice. It was kill or be killed.
    Virginia Tech needs to get their priorities straight. They need to look at the message they are sending to their students. Is this what they really want to TEACH their student???

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