As news about Vick's involvement with dog fighting appear everyday in the news I can't help but say a little prayer to all the poor pit bulls involved in his horrific hobby. Everyday when I come home from work the first thing I do is hug my lab puppy and give her a belly rub. The so-called "belly rub" test that Vick gave to his dogs to see if they had fighting instincts or not. If they rolled on their backs and showed signs of submissiveness they were deemed to be unfit not only for fighting but for LIVING. He would then either shoot, hang, drown or electrocute the poor dog. I hate him and his croonies. I am so happy the Feds are taking him down.
I hope everyone on this forum joins me and my lab, Lilli, in saying a little prayer to all animals who had no chance to live a happy life because of people like Vick.
I am new to this site, tonite is my first time being here. I must say I feel so bad for those poor Am Staff's. It is so upsetting that people like "vick" and other dog fighter's are even allowed to own dogs. What's even more upsetting is that people like "Vick" and other dog fighter's have given the Am Staff such a bad name that numerous states are starting to ban them completely. I have been raised around Am Staff's my whole life, I have never owned one that was even remotely aggressive towards people, children or other dog's. I can't believe that hundreds of innocent Am Staff's may have to be euthenized, if every city and state in the United States bans them. That is completely irrational. I wish people would open their minds to the bigger picture. Any breed of dog can be just as dangerous and aggressive! I feel that stereo-typing a particular breed is ignorant, it is the same as stereo-typing a particular race, gender, or religious group. In my personal opinion, due to over 20 years in dealing with Am Staffs, the level of aggression all lays in the hands of the owner's of these dogs. There are just as many cases of attacks on owners and others by Chow Chow's, and Akita's, in fact I am personally more affraid of a strange Chow or Akita, then I would be of an Am Staff, due to my experiences with those breeds, but just becuase I am afraid of them, does not mean I would recommend banning them. There was a case years back of 2 rottweiler's that were being taken care of by the elderly parents of the man who owned them, they attacked the couple and literally mauled them to pieces. I have personally seen at least ten attacks from Chow's, 2 of them were on the owner's of the dog's. As a Professional Groomer, I encounter aggressive dogs, just about daily, and I have had more aggressive run-ins with Min. poodles, and shihtzu's then I ever have with our Am Staffs and Mastiffs. I don't think banning American Staffordshire Terriers is the answer to the problem, I think the answer is enforcement in restrictions to the breeds, such as a limit of dogs owned, a requirement to have them chipped or tattooed, and registered with the city they reside in, maybe even a law that forbids an offender that has a record of assault or violence against animals or people from owning an Am Staff, I believe that there is another way to solve the problem, they could even make a law that permits only approved Am Staff breeders to breed, and all puppies produced by these breeders must be spayed or neutered to prevent unapproved breeding, they can even require breeders to do thorough checks on potential customers and the potential environment before selling the puppy. There are so many other options, yet noone is taking the time to explore them. An Am Staff, is a product of it's environment. An Am Staff was originally bred for fighting other dogs, in some cases they were used with bull's as EBD's were, and used in weight pulling contest, no where in the history of the Am Staff does it mention that they were bred to be aggressive to, or attack humans. Am Staffs can actually be very loyal to a loving, loyal, responsible pet parent. I believe my Am Staffs have been the most loyal, of the breed's that I have owned aside from my "mix" breeds. My Am Staffs Have been very good with children, other dogs, cats, and even other types of animals. I have an Am Staff puppy now named Koda Bear, he is 10 weeks old, I got him from, in my opinion, a breeder that was probably just going to sell them for fighting, I rescued him, and he is turning out to be just fine, I can let my hamster run around and he will not even touch it, It's all about using correct training techniques, and socialization. Unfortunately I live in LR Arkansas, almost every city around me has banned Am Staffs and it won't be long before they ban them here, Koda Bear may have to suffer for the ignorance of others. Anyway, i do apologize for being "long winded". God Bless.
The ones he put down probably suffered a lot less then the ones that were faught. I am sad for all the American Pit Bull Terriers that were involved with him and all the other people who chose to fight dogs.
I pray they are all safe in heaven and getting the love they didn't get on earth
His case just brought to people's attention more so what has gone on for years with the breed. Sadly I feel the news coverage has been disgraceful and one sided in most part to both responsible owners and the breed in general
Hopefully the general public will take note of things more and call AC when needed to help the dogs of any breed or are mistreated
Patch O' Pits , Home to Greatly Loved Ch GRCH, Therapy, & Agility APBTs "When it Rains Play in the mud"
I was listening to a talk show regarding Vick prior to his plea deal. The lawyer was saying that these cases are even tougher to get away with than murder. Because most people own a dog and are appalled at his behavior and treatment of these defenseless animals. I hope besides paying fines, doing jail time, he is also held financially responsible for the care of the remaining dogs. And it also require to make financial contributions to a rescue group for each and every dog they find on that property. I also hope it comes to light the other NFL players that are supposed to be involved in this type of activity. I know there are more out there that just have not be caught yet. But they really need to give him a harsher sentence to tell the public this type behavior will NOT BE TOLERATED.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Windy Valley, I totally agree that a harsh sentence is needed and justified. But we all know if you are rich and a celebrity you can get away easy. It's good to know that the sentencing judge is an animal lover.
Well he may be rich right now, but I hope it takes every dime he has and then some to even half way make it out of the trouble he is in. Personally, which I know sounds bad but I hope his life is ruined. He is never going to feel any different about what he did. There is no way he could love animals or have any feelings about them and do the things he did. Maybe he will think about it when he ends up on skid row, in a bread line somewhere. I hope he can't get the face of every dog he mistreated out of his mind, when he trys to sleep. To me, there is nothing they could do to him that would justify it.
I agree with you, Sandy, he should and will take a hit financially. What would have been over the life of his 2 biggest contracts he will lose $40 - 50 million from NIKE and $61 million from the FALCONS.