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Is It Too Soon To Forgive Michael Vick?

Is It Too Soon To Forgive Michael Vick?

Phoenix is a German shepherd that was rescued two weeks ago in Southern California when he was found wandering the streets.  His ears were crudely cut off, there were fresh bite marks on his body, deep scars covered his face and duct tape circled around his mouth. 

 

Phoenix was used as a bait dog for a dogfighting operation.

 

Despite his shocking condition, the German shepherd’s temperament was gentle and friendly.  The veterinarian that examined him guessed that he had once been someone’s pet that was probably stolen and used as bait to train fighting dogs. 

 

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue came to the aid of the dog and hundreds of people came forward to adopt him.  On September 26 Phoenix once again became a family pet when he was adopted.

 

If the people that committed this horrific act of cruelty to Phoenix were arrested and sentenced to time in prison, would you be willing to welcome them back into the community after their release? 

 

That’s the question I have been struggling with after reading all of the glowing stories about another dogfighting animal abuser – Michael Vick.

 

In 2007 Michael Vick’s name was poison to football fans and most other people because of his heinous abuse to the dogs in his illegal dogfighting operation. 

 

Now fans are clamoring for his No. 7 football jersey and a new book credits him with raising awareness about pit bull dogs.

 

The news is full of positive accounts about Michael Vick, but is it too soon to forgive him?

 

It’s true that Vick paid his debt to society by spending 19-months of a 23-month sentence in prison, but it’s surprising how the public seems so ready to forget that he and his partners tortured and killed innocent dogs that didn’t fight well at dogfights.

 

What happened to make public opinion shift in favor of Vick?  Is he being invited back into the fold because of playing a good game of football?

 

Michael Vick is now the starting Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and he is playing better than ever.  His rating is the highest in his entire career.  Because of this it appears that he is being invited back into the community.

 

Even retail stores that dropped the sale of his merchandise are re-stocking their shelves with No. 7 jerseys.  According to a story from Yahoo Sports, Vick’s jersey is expected to be in the top 15 by December.  

 

Or could the success of his former dogs be what is helping Vick become mainstream?   A new book written by Sports Illustrated senior editor Jim Gorant, The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, tells how well many of the dogs are doing.

 

The book primarily follows the lives of the 47 out of 51 dogs that survived after being rescued from Vick’s Bad Newz kennels.  It tells about their rehabilitation and how many have become family pets and even therapy dogs. 

 

But, The Lost Dogs apparently also credits Michael Vick with bringing dogfighting to the attention of the public and changing the way the dogs rescued from this industry are treated.  

 

The widespread publicity surrounding the case led to the first major rehabilitation project for dogs in a dogfighting operation.

 

Or is Michael Vick becoming popular because of his role as an advocate?  Vick has continued to speak out against dogfighting to at-risk youth groups since his release from prison.  His latest speech was at a school today.

 

There are many positive qualities about the post-prison Michael Vick, but do you think it is too soon to forgive him for what he did to the dogs?

 

 

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11:58PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

John & Bette - Marsha here: First of all John, my point was that even this were my son, he would have to face the same consequences as MV. Just because the person committing such evil was a friend or related makes no difference. I would think that if this was anyone's son, the natural thing is to feel guilt wondering what you did wrong. What about the parents of serial killers? Don't you think that they are haunted? MV showed he was capable of massive torture and cruelty, and the depth of human evil - or could it be ignorance? I know this started when he was a young boy so any bad seeds were planted then. He also makes huge amounts of money so any donations almost become irrelevant. It's no surprise the dogs have been rehabilitated, but I think that people are really wondering if deep down MV has. The good in all heinous crimes is the attention and light it shines on the issue. Most people including myself highly respect Dr Phil McGraw. I have learned much from the topics he tackles. Why doesn't MV's PR people ask to have him as a guest on the show. If anyone can bring peace and resolution to a person or situation it is him.

9:39PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Of course pedophilia is different from animal abuse because it involves people. MV is no idol of mine but you look at the things people forgive for family members or friends. I just believe he is truly sorry and sees the errors of his ways. I don't know him,I'm no friend of his. I just believe that people are taking this way too far and for too long! I think the thousands of dollars he's donated to animal care makes a point in his favor that he is sorry. It's possible I'm wrong but it's also possible that all of you haters are wrong also. I only brought family up to change the perspective because many people who would personally lynch MV might not forgive their son or husband but given time they would eventually realize that the person they loved could never be that evil.

10:53AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

NO MERCY EVER FOR VICK, NEVER, NEVER !!! EVER and as far as Buehrle is concerned, he does not seem to be very reasonable making a difference between looking after dogs, for which we thank him ,and on the oftherside hunting and shooting animals.
It does not come over as very inlelligent. But with one thing he is oke, to whish that this monster Vick may soon meet his end !!!!!

5:59AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Ok, here I go again. Now, forgiving, that's what the Bible teaches us to do, but I have to say, I struggle with this commandment, I truly do. Forgive, first, put his ass in a ring, and let another man beat the shit out of him, scarring and marking up his body like the dogs he watched in that horrible death ring. Jail, nahhhhhhh, too easy, and writting a book, for fu*kin what? No, hell no I won't be buying his book and feeling sorry for his ass. No, I feel sorry for the dogs that are scarred for life, sorry for the ones that were put under because of extensive injuries, THAT'S WHAT I FEEL SORRY FOR, NOT SOME DAM CELEBRITY THAT KILLED DOGS. Forgive, that's like asking me to swallow a tennis ball, soooooooooooo I think NOT. His penalty should have been way stiffer. Please let me be a judge, I would be the most hated judge in the world.

11:48PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Michael Vick is a disgrace to the human race. He should never be allowed to come near animals ever again. Just like a pedophile is never allowed around children again, neither should an abuser be allowed around pets. I don't care how many books he writes or how many speeches he gives. He's only trying to clear his name for the sakes of his game. He needs to be ignored, shunned, & disappear out of the spotlight forever. He doesn't deserve any attention for what he's done WRONG! And shame on you who have forgiven this man who killed innocent dogs just because he can throw a football!!

11:48PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Michael Vick is a disgrace to the human race. He should never be allowed to come near animals ever again. Just like a pedophile is never allowed around children again, neither should an abuser be allowed around pets. I don't care how many books he writes or how many speeches he gives. He's only trying to clear his name for the sakes of his game. He needs to be ignored, shunned, & disappear out of the spotlight forever. He doesn't deserve any attention for what he's done WRONG! And shame on you who have forgiven this man who killed innocent dogs just because he can throw a football!!

7:11AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

John M. The picture on my profile is that
of my precious son Danny who died last year.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

6:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Hi Marsha,

I couldn't have said it better myself! If John is really his father shame
on him. I guess he didn't teach his son any values in life. Or, maybe he
was making big bucks off his son as well. Vick once admitted that he grew
up around dog fighting. There you go! Just a family business! I wonder
how John would feel if someone threw his son into the ring with a few of the
same dogs he tortured. The sad thing is the dogs probably wouldn't even
harm him! Even they have values. This man is just as sick as his son is.
You can take the boy out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of
the boy!

Thank you for letting John know what a wonderful job him and his wife have
done raising such a fine creature.

Lucille

1:07PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

John M. It would undoubtedly be extremely painful to know that a son of mine could commit such heinous acts of cruelty. Most parents would probably feel much guilt, wondering what they did wrong. However, even my son would have to face the consequences and I would have to live with that pain as well. I couldn't live with myself if I did not respect what I believe is the truth, no matter how close to home. Given the chance I would welcome the opportunity to meet and talk with MV.. It would be absolutely wonderful to know and believe he has been 'rehabilitated', giving hope for others like him. The facts at this point, however, don't make that possible.

12:26PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

First it is impossible to cure pedophiles but they are released daily. Second I don't admire Vick. My page is blank because I don't have time to fill it in. John is my name. Nobody here has heard him apologize because you get enough info to hang him, then you stop looking. I'm a very old 57 so I've seen people like those on this list. String him up NOW! Wait a minute he's my son give him a second chance! I'm the only one who can admit do what you will to strangers but give my friend a break! As for no info Bette where's your pic? I can guarantee if you knew him Marsha your opinion would be different..;

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