Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Michael Vick Experience

If half of what I'm reading is true, then the ride is over in Atlanta.

NFL star Michael Vick ... and three others were charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the
enterprise across state lines.

The details are not for the faint of heart.

The government's case includes evidence that Vick and his cohorts "tested" pit bulls for ferocity. If the dogs failed the test, the indictment charges, they were executed by hanging or drowning. In one case, with Vick present, the indictment says a dog was slammed to the ground until it was dead. In another incident, a dog was soaked with a hose, then electrocuted.

As the author notes, this isn't the sort of thing to earn probation and fines. If convicted, Vick will be going to Club Fed, using his scrambling skills to avoid other inmates in the shower.

On a personal note, I can add that my brother owns a well-trained, properly-raised pit. He's a sweet dog. It's horrible to think of dogs like him kept as slavering weapons for the amusement of decadent fools with too much money. Even Pete Rose only bet on baseball.

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