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Saturday Survey: Michael Vick

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Michael Vick has been in the news again this week, after having been chosen to serve as an honorary team captain at the 2020 ProBowl. Animal rights activists have petitioned the NFL to remove him from this post due to his history of dog fighting. What do you think should happen?

Should Michael Vick continue to be punished for his dog fighting days?

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Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Dog Advocates

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With all of the rallies going on in Washington, DC this weekend, it made me think about ways we might support dog-related causes.

For which issue would you be most likely to attend a supportive rally?

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Good day, and good dog!

Ohio Dog Fighter Denied Early Release from Prison

Judge Robert Ruehlman presided today over the early release hearing of Terry Kendrick, who had been convicted of charges related to running a dog fighting ring that was connected to the ring run by Michael Vick.

Kendrick’s original sentence was for 13 years, and he has served 8 years so far at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. “I’ve learned a lot being away from my family as long as showing what my actions can bring about. You’ll never have a problem with me again,” Kendrick said.

However, prosecutors pointed out how badly the dogs had been hurt. Some were stitched up and made to fight again. Others were dumped and left for dead.

Kendricks’ wife, who stated he was “not a bad person”, and their 12 children were nearly jailed for contempt after they stated (loudly) their disagreement with the judge’s ruling.

Fortunately, the judge was not swayed and ruled that Kendrick should complete the original sentence in its entirety.

Cincinnati’s WKRC provided the video via YouTube.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Nearly $2 million fine imposed in Mississippi dog fighting case

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Photo courtesy of Meredith Lee For the Humane Society of the United States

The Mississippi Link reported recently that a federal judge has ordered the participants in a 2013 multi-state dog fighting operation to pay restitution in the amount of nearly $2 million.

Donnie Anderson, who staged fights near Auburn, Alabama, and was described by the judge as the “kingpin” of the conspiracy, was ordered to pay $580,000. He is serving 8 years in prison, four times longer than Michael Vick served.
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Gracie’s Guardians Loses Its Namesake

GracieWhen Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring was busted in 2007, fifty pit bulls needed to be rehabilitated and rehomed. One of them, a bowl-legged black dog named Gracie, ended up living with Sharon Cornett, president of the Richmond Animal League’s no-kill shelter. The Animal League then began a program known as Gracie’s Guardians, focused on improving the welfare of pit bulls in the greater Richmond area.
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Akron Dog-Fighting Ring Busted

Picture courtesy Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron via the Beacon Journal
Picture courtesy Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron via the Beacon Journal
This one hits a little too close to home. Akron, once known as the Rubber City due to the production of tires, is about 20 miles north of my home. As the tire trade has moved production to countries where cheaper labor is available, Akron has fallen on somewhat hard times. And as in many cities, crime has moved in. In this case, the crime is dog fighting.
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