Reports abound of news of dog fighting operation at home owned by Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

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Starving, Injured Dogs Found at Vick’s House

Associated Press – (APTN)

Apr. 27, 2007. 02:08 PM EST

Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated. (April 27)

Piecing things together it looks like during a drug investigation, police raided a home owned by Michael Vick. Stories go on to say that Vick does not live there nor is he there very often, his cousin resides at the property.

Ok, so he doesn’t live there but he owns the property and has been seen on the property. Sounds to me already like he’s going for the ‘I didn’t know anything about it’ defense which it total BS!! There is no way he didn’t know what was going on! It’s not as if this all took place inside the house, there were numerous outbuildings where these poor abused dogs were kept, chained and cruelly neglected! I can’t wait to hear what high priced mouth pieces have to say about this!

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Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said the group has “heard troubling reports for some time that Michael Vick has been involved in organized dog fighting, and we fear that this investigation may validate that very disturbing allegation.”

“We urge law enforcement to aggressively investigate this matter, and we further believe that anyone who harbors dogs for the purpose of fighting, deserves to be fully prosecuted for their crimes,” Pacelle said in a statement. (From Detroit Free Press – 4/26/07 – For the full story Click here)

Animal control officers said this is one of the biggest dog fighting cases they have ever seen. Extra help had to be called in from other jurisdictions to help with the investigation.

“Some had significant scarring. Some had wounds. Some had eye problems,” said Kathy Strouse from Chesapeake Animal Control.

Court documents stated that 30 animals were found tethered to heavy logging chains attached to car axles buried in the ground. Equipment used to train fighting dogs was found on the property, including treadmills, chains, whips and injectable drugs.

There was no food, water or veterinary care for the animals. (From WAVY.com – 4/26/07 – For the full story Click here)

The Humane Society of the United States issued a press release regarding this matter.

HSUS LogoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NFL Star Quarterback Michael Vick Investigated for Alleged Dog Fighting
WASHINGTON (April 26, 2007)—The Humane Society of the United States today released a statement in reaction to he news that Michael Vick, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, is being investigated for alleged animal neglect and possible dog fighting connections.

Yesterday, a search warrant was issued for a property owned by Vick, in Surry County, Virginia. According to reports, aw enforcement authorities discovered dogs in a state of apparent neglect and malnourishment. The Virginia Animal Fighting Taskforce was on the scene. Officers discovered up to 70 dogs, many with wounds and scars believed to be from dog fighting, according to sources.

“The Humane Society of the United States has heard troubling reports for some time that Michael Vick has been involved in organized dog fighting, and we fear that this investigation may validate that very disturbing allegation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We urge law enforcement to aggressively investigate this matter, and we further believe that anyone who harbors dogs for the purpose of fighting, deserves to be fully prosecuted their crimes. Dog fighting is a barbaric activity that causes immense animal suffering and fosters violence in our communities. Our nation should have a zero tolerance policy for any form of staged animal fighting.” (From HSUS Press Release – 4/26/07 – To read the full press release Click here)

PETA Urges Falcon’s Owner to Immediately Suspend Vick – Today, PETA sent an urgent letter to Atlanta Falcons CEO Arthur Blank regarding authorities’ raids last night and this morning on quarterback Michael Vick’s property in rural Surry County, Va. PETA is urging Blank to immediately suspend Vick pending the investigation and to kick him off the team if it is found that dogs on Vick’s property were neglected or used for fighting. News sources state that 70 dogs—at least 60 of them pit bulls, the breed most commonly used for fighting—were found on Vick’s property. Paraphernalia commonly associated with dogfighting, including a “rape stand” allegedly used to breed the dogs, was reportedly also found on his property. Some of the animals reportedly bear deep wounds and cuts consistent with fighting.

“For the protection of both humans and other animals, Falcons management must take cruelty to animals seriously,” says PETA Director Daphna Nachminovitch. “Mental health professionals and law enforcement agencies agree that perpetrators of violent acts against animals can pose a serious threat not only to other animals but to the community as a whole.” (From PETA Media Center – 4/26/07 – For the full story Click here)

At my last count, there were well over 100 stories online regarding this. Drugs, dog fighting, animal cruelty and abuse and overpaid sports figures…. Is this the kind of role model we want for our children?

You’re hearing more and more stories of these overpaid sports-figures getting into trouble and these are the kinds of people today’s children look us to and emulate. No wonder kids are perpetrating so many atrocities today!

I’ve come across news story after news story lately about dog fighting rings, animal abuse and cruelty. People think it’s okay for these big shots to get away with it so that makes it okay for everyone! Violence has become passe’. You see it everyday wherever you look, TV, the news, movies, down the street. And the easiest victims are those who cannot defend themselves; the young, the old, the ill, animals. We must stand up for those that cannot! We must speak up for those that cannot! Do just sit on the sideline and watch, do something!


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