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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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