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Vick should have to care for dogs he mistreated

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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007 10:00 pm

I understand there are many fighting dogs and puppies currently being held by law enforcement, pending the resolution of the court case for Mr. Vick.

The plan is to euthanize the animals when they are no longer needed for the court cases. The dogs have been so mistreated that they are not safe to put up for adoption. I feel that part of the punishment for Mr. Vick should include making him responsible for maintaining a facility that provides the very best of care and comfort for these animals that were his victims.

I am sure the Humane Society could advise the court as to what will be needed and they can bill Mr. Vick, and others, for all the costs needed to support and pamper these animals for the rest of their natural lives. As a by-product, the Humane Society and other animal care organizations will be able to receive funds to support their ongoing services. In fact, this should be included as part of the punishment for all who are found guilty of mistreatment and cruelty to animals.

The animals didn't break the law, the people did. Yet currently, the animals pay the price with their lives. Maybe knowing that they will have to pay for the care of the animals they mistreated for the next 10 to 15 years might dissuade participants from not only this vile activity, but also make people think twice before they again abuse animals.

Marilyn Hughes

Lodi

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9 comments:

  • posted at 8:07 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    Michael Vick needs to do and say more than giving a weak apology for his "immature acts". This was far more than immaturity; it was willful acts of cruelty! I hope the courts give more than just a slap on the wrist....he needs to be incarcerated and let the public know this type of behavior is totally unacceptable!

     
  • posted at 6:25 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    It would be interesting if you ran a full story on the rescue/rehab of all kinds of pets in this area.

     
  • posted at 6:22 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    I agree with Agree!!, Animals have feeelings too and Leah Mettler. The ONLY animal here is the 2 legged kind that is supposed to have common sense and compassion! I am a responsible pet owner and can't fathom why anyone would want to be deliberatley cruel to an animal as loyal and forgiving as a DOG! I too wish that I was able to rescue and foster animals, but I have no room (that in itself is reponsible pet ownership, knowing your limitations). Kudos to those of you who can foster/rescue and rehabilitate defenseless animals.

     
  • posted at 5:10 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    Yes, they can clean cages also. and pamper the animals they abused.
    Actually maybe Vicks very house that they seized these poor dogs from could be converted into an abused animal sanctuary. ran by people who lovingly care for these animals.
    I say steak and eggs for breckfast a massage before lunch.
    and if the abusers have no money they can volnteer there time. Under the supervision of there parolle officer of corse!

     
  • posted at 3:52 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    Hi Marilyn! Great letter, I couldn't agree with you more! I've been rescuing/fostering animals for years now from abuse and neglect and it is extremely difficult to place them into homes because of the way they have been treated, but it is also a horrible shame to put an animal down just because some fool was just downright cruel to it to begin with. I completely agree that animal abuse offenders should pay big bucks to the organizations behind saving animals. Wouldn't hurt them to clean up a few cages as well!

     
  • posted at 3:38 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    Thank you Marilyn for submitting this letter. I agree with you that Vick should be responsible for the costs of maintaining the facilities for the dogs. Personally I don't care that the guy plays football. He's still a scumbag, and suddenly states, "He's found Jesus," only to tell people what they want to hear! What a joke.

     
  • posted at 3:35 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    If so many people value the life of an animal and treat them similar to humans why is his sentence so light? They should prosecute this guy as if these animals were human. If Vick killed 6-8 humans, beat and tortured them, and buried them in his backyard he'd be getting life in prison or the death penalty. The laws need to change for animal cruelty!

     
  • posted at 2:17 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    You don't give animals back to someone who is cruel to them!

     
  • posted at 2:15 am on Tue, Aug 28, 2007.

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    I sooooo agree with you that seems fair and just!
    They had the money to put out to abuse the animals, now pay for them to be
    pampered like they so deserve for the rest of their natural life!! This is a great idea.

     

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