It says something of the society that we’re living in when one of the more popular players in the nation’s most popular sporting league viciously abuses dogs, and no one wants to make too big a deal of it.
But the evidence is overwhelming – Michael Vick is a demented, dog-torturing fuck. When you’re a licensed dog breeder who owns a house where dog fighting takes place and has been called a “heavyweight” of dog fighting, I’m willing to forgo a jury’s affirmation and go out on a limb – Michael Vick likes to watch dogs kill each other for his amusement.
The NFL has made an effort to “clean up” its image, notably, suspending Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones for the 2007 for multiple legal infractions. If they are to have any credibility in this arena, however, Vick needs to be dealt with at least equal harshness.
On April 25, a search of the house owned by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and inhabited by his cousin, Davon Boddie, uncovered drug paraphernalia and 66 dogs in the backyard. A search warrant affidavit said some of the dogs were in individual kennels and about 30 were tethered with “heavy logging-type chains” buried in the ground.
The chains allowed the dogs to get close to each other but not to have contact, one of myriad findings on the property that suggested a dogfighting operation.
Others included a rape stand, used to hold non-receptive dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified to be used by dogs; a “pry bar” used to open the clamped-down mouths of dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting the authorities believe was used in dog fights. Carpeting gives dogs traction in a plywood fighting pit.
Torturing dogs for one’s own amusement is not the byproduct of a troubled or difficult youth. It’s the type of things serial killers do, actually. And if the NFL doesn’t put their foot down on Vick’s throat for encouraging dogs to rip out each others throats, then they are equally culpable. Without a thorough investigation, followed by harsh punishment, the NFL will be forever marked as a league that endorses animal abuse.