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So, I can't call Michael Vick a sadistic @*?!*#$?

August 16, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode

I’ve prayed for the strength and wisdom to not pass judgment on Michael Vick, knowing he will one day meet his maker who will assign the appropriate punishment. However, my fallible human side overpowers. I wish Vick ’an eye for an eye’. Or worse.

evidenceWhile I am an extremely opinionated lass I also have the ability to see both sides of an issue and discuss a subject objectively. That is any issue except animal cruelty. I cannot have a civil conversation with anyone on this topic. Rabid comes to mind when describing my state-of-mind regarding this.

Animal cruelty affects me so personally and emotionally I have always banned others from discussing it in my presence. Until now, I’ve done a good (although cowardly) job of avoiding this topic to a large extent. It’s easier to close our eyes and ignore bad things. You’ve done it. I know you do because I have. Yet, I know my blind eye and ignorance does nothing to help fix the problem. It’s just that when it comes to animals I could never handle the thought that a human could hurt a helpless creature.

It’s time to face my demon. I have known for a long time that dog fighting is prevalent in this country. It takes place right here in central PA. Don’t tell me it doesn’t. I know it does. Several years ago I encountered it via a friend who had helped a co-worker, a girl, rescue barely weaned kittens from a boyfriend and his friends who were going to use them as bait. Yes, in a dog fight.. I was raging but the girl begged for anonymity. She feared for her life. She feared her boyfriend. Sad beyond words.

An estimated 40,000 people in the United States are involved in professional dog fighting. The Humane Society of the US estimates an additional 100,000 "street" dog fighters. Imagine.


I condemned Michael Vick on July 17, the very day he and two co-defendants were charged. Screw innocent until proven guilty. I’m smart enough to know law enforcement would never jeopardize the scrutiny that would ensue if they hadn’t already done their homework.


July 26 - I was appalled but not surprised that Vick had the audacity to make the statement: "I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name. I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown."

What a complete mockery. A coward. A total ass. Vick was guilty. Vick is guilty.


On July 30, one of Vick’s own homeys squealed to save his own skin. Remember, when you participate in criminal activities with friends, you have no friends.

According to squealer Tony Taylor, Vick paid for the property in Smithfield, Virginia, used for the operations and the four launched Bad Newz Kennels in early 2002.


As I write this, Michael Vick is now considering joining his two “friends” co-defendants who will ask a federal judge tomorrow (Friday) to sign off on a plea agreement. He's changed his tune. Now fessing up to his crime and the ramifications are looking a lot better than six years in the slammer.

By Friday afternoon, if Vick refuses to accept the deal (offered by federal prosecutors recommending he serve a year in prison), the prosecutor is threatening to seek more serious charges, according to CNN affiliate WSB-TV. The judge already cleared his docket for Monday in anticipation.


Still living in his fantasy league, Vick spent hours this week trying to devise an agreement that would allow him to continue playing for the NFL.

Meanwhile, the majority of the 60+ severely injured and abused dogs who were found still alive on Vick’s property will have to be kept alive. Caged, isolated, in pain. All to serve as evidence.

What a waste. Of human flesh.

I hugged my girls even longer and tighter tonight.

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