Where Does the Responsibility End?

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Vicktory Dog Cherry’s dad Paul had an interesting post this morning:

“As I sit waiting for Cherry to get xrays, blood work, and other treatment needed due to his time at Michael Vick’s property that will cost in the $500 range (for the umpteenth time); I read this…

“That last pass is going to haunt me for a long time,” Vick said

Not once ever has this man utter these types of words or lasting thoughts about the dogs he tortured and/or killed. Not once…

Rant over”

I don’t think people are aware of the cost which adoptive families incur when they take on one of these dogs.  Don’t get me wrong. Paul is not complaining about paying for medical care for his beloved family member.  We all knew what we were getting into when we took on former fighting dogs.  The anger comes from the fact that the dogs continue to pay the price for the crimes that were committed against them, while their abuser laments a bad pass, all the while collected a substantial salary, whether he plays or not.

Cherry's Xrays from this morning
Cherry’s Xrays from this morning

The Vicktory Dogs have a plethora of medical conditions, all directly related to their time at Bad Newz kennels.  Many of the dogs are dealing with some sort of joint or ligament issues.  Several have had ACL surgeries to repair ligaments in their knees.  Several have arthritis.  Vick may be a talented football player, but he was really bad at breeding sound, healthy dogs.

Many of the dogs are Babesia positive.  Babesia is a blood parasite that can be transmitted by tick bite. But it is more common that fighting dogs are infected because the dogs can pass it on through bites and deep puncture wounds. Babesia is a horrific condition which can be treated, but never cured.  The dogs have to be periodically tested to make sure the parasite isn’t taking over their blood stream.  It causes anemia and can totally destroy the spleen.  Many Babesia+ dogs end up getting a spleenectomy.  Ultimately, that is what killed Ray……

Once or twice a year an expensive blood test is required to check for live Babesia organisms in the blood.  The dog is also checked for anemia.  Xrays are obtained to check for issues with internal organs which can be related to the condition.  If the dog is having a “flare”, with an active population of Babesia in the body, he or she will have to undergo an extremely expensive treatment to try and get the condition under control.

Here are some average costs associated with medical issues that fighting dogs deal with for the rest of their lives:

  • Bloodwork every six months (minimum once a year) $200-$500
  • Xrays to check for internal issues $125
  • Ultrasound of abdominal cavity if damage is suspected $400
  • Babesia treatment if dog is having a flare $2500-$3000 each time (wholesale cost of the medication alone is $1200)
  • Spleenectomy if required due to Babesia damage $2000
  • ACL (cruciate ligament) repair $2000
  • Pain medication and antibiotics $200

We do not resent paying these medical costs.  Believe me, we don’t.  I would have happily paid them every year forever if it had kept Ray alive and healthy.

But to have that man….that man whose actions caused these medical issues….say he regrets a pass, a  football pass in stupid game, is a slap in the face to all the VParents.

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Micheal Vick….Let’s say there are 20 of your former dogs who are dealing with this issue, at an average annual cost of $1500.  That means that other families are picking up the tab for up to $30,000 a year for dogs you damaged.  That is less than 3% of your salary.  Less than most people tithe to their churches.  It would be a wonderful, healing gesture for you to offer financial assistance to people who are cleaning up your mess.  Nothing would say “sorry” or “regret” better.  I doubt any of them would accept money or anything else from you, but the gesture would go a long way to show you actually realize what you have done.

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The real hero in this story is Cherry’s dad Paul.  The man who is sitting at a vet clinic, getting the medical care his dog needs, regardless of cost.  The same is true for Susan, or Tess, or Heather or Traci or Rachel or Richard…or any other VDog parent. The hero is not the narcissistic abuser who can’t be bothered to regret his actions against living souls.  No, instead he regrets how he threw a ball.  There is something very, very wrong with this picture.

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87 thoughts on “Where Does the Responsibility End?

  1. I thought the U.S. Government, as part of dog killer Vick’s sentencing, made him pay almost one million dollars for the support of the 48 dogs rescued from his property.

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    1. That’s the propaganda I heard, as well. After reading this, I call it propaganda. Because apparently, these folks are using their own money to pay for Vick’s abuses.

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  2. There are many people in the world who derive pleasure from harming others. Vick derived pleasure from harming dogs. One of the ways that help me stay sane in such a world is to volunteer at my local animal sanctuary. I take homeless dogs on hikes, and their joy fills my heart.
    I am deeply grateful to all those who strive to lessen the suffering in the world. I cannot thank you enough.

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  3. Thank you for having the courage to write this article. There are many of us working hard in the city of Pittsburgh to make as many people as possible aware of what he did and make them aware especially that he NEVER cared to contact anyone in regards to the dogs seized from his kennels. Amazing article and amazing job!!!

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  4. If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, you don’t have any right to say this is cruel, because you submit animals to punishment and abuse EVERYDAY by the dead animal sitting on your dinner plate.

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    1. I’m sorry but you don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to be an advocate against animal abuse. Also being a vegan or vegetarian does not make you an intrinsically better or more moral person than someone who eats meat…

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    2. judging or criticizing people who do good just puts you in the same league as Vick. Is that where you want to stand? Being Vegan doesn’t make you better than others, your actions do. Do you volunteer? Do you foster? Have you ever adopted a rescue. I’m guessing not because your attitude stinks like rotting compost! BTW it has been proven that plants have pain receptors so now what? Eat air???

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      1. He needs to give a percentage of his earnings to past dogs and to all kill shelters so they stop killing like he did for money and thrill killing !!! All dogs deserve a loving life as humans and are more loyal than humans by far!!

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  5. Why is it that there is no outrage over the other NFL players who have raped and beaten women, sold firearms and drugs, or any of the other countless crimes they have committed? I agree that what Vik did was atrocious but by the public’s reaction to his crimes compared to more serious crimes committed by other players, suggests that human lives and suffering are held below that of a dog’s pain and suffering. I’m just looking for a little perspective.

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      1. This is a valid point and I agree with you. However, even though people have voices it does not mean that they are heard. I feel like the victims of these other crimes are ignored and no one fights for them. Again I am by no means condoning what Vick has done, but as a public, I do not think that we should focus so intensely on him and his victims while ignoring the other terrible crimes that NFL players are allowed to get away with simply because they are athletically gifted.

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        1. I believe any act of violence committed against any life,be it human or animal is horrid. Now with that being said, the humans involved in being hit, raped, and or in other ways violated have the right to make themselves heard, become advocates for their own cause instead of just being victims. And yes I am speaking from my own personal experience. Where as animals have no way of making right what is done wrong to them. So we as a society have to make it be known that not only is it wrong to abuse,fight, or harm these animals but that it will also not be tolerated. We the people have to become their trial, judge, and jury.

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      2. I think God places people on the earth with hearts to care for his animals. God is also a God who forgives. I don’t know Vicks religious beliefs, but Jesus died for everyone’s sins, including his and yours. All he has to do is ask for forgiveness once and God will forgive him, if he has not already. God doesn’t bring are sins back up…He forgives. We all have something we need forgiveness for. I pray God helps you to forgive Vick, because true forgiveness doesn’t bring the offense back up again. May God bless you in all you do.

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    1. There absolutely is outrage over what those players have done. Tom Brady was going to miss 4 games for crap he didn’t do. Yet those players that have been convicted of rape and domestic assault get a slap on the wrist and they’re right back in the game? Just because we care about animals doesn’t mean that we don’t also care about people. Well, some of them.

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      1. I don’t think being suspend from 4 games is exactly outrage…but I agree that it is completely ridiculous that the NFL and our legal system does not take action against these players. So I guess my issue is that people seem disproportionately concerned with Vick when there are players who have done way worse and yet are still getting paid millions of dollars with no consequence.

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    2. You make a valid point, however, Ben was never convicted and with the others it was basically a one time thing. Vick, POS that he is abused dogs for six yrs!! He took it to extremes… hooking jumper cables to their ears and throwing them in a swimming pool!! Too bad the same couldn’t be done to him. He also did jail time NOT for animal abuse, but for racketeering. Then had the nerve to make the comment that if he could change one thing he would have done less jail time? REMORSE?,!!?, Hell no!! The guy who had sex on the beach was given 36 months in prison. Vick was given 23 months and served 18. Do you think there is something wrong with this picture? The only good thing is it appears Karma is catching up with him.

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  6. MIKE VICK don’t own you nothing lady, your nothing but an attention seeker, stop using his words to get people to feel sorry for you. GET OVER IT.

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    1. “[R]eading and understanding of the points” which, by judging Dumbdogs post, is not likely to happen any time soon. Or happen at all. However, there is a certain appreciation for someone who picks a username that appears to be not only appropriate, but spot on.

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      1. I take offense with that comment. My dogs are Much Smarter than dumbdogs appears to be. Again, HIS ignorance is only surpassed by his stupidity. He can’t even make a sentence!

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    2. Seriously, what is it with these Vick apologists? Uneducated, illiterate, and heartless. Each supporter that has posted here is the epitome of stupid. Just stop guys, it doesn’t make you or Vick look any better.

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      1. Forget about them…they are the dregs of society, living off welfare or raised with no male guidance as to what society expects of them, rapping about poking women and calling it art, spending a million dollars on a pair of diamond studded shoes, and using the press, the gov’t, and social media to garner attention. Or waiting in line for there next welfare check, food stamps, and baby diapers… Worthless, evil, hostel, raging, under educated and stupid as they rage on and on and on ad infinitum…equal rights. If they were equal to the rest of society, it would be a step DOWN, NOT UP!!

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        1. I wonder who Slyboots 007 is talking about. I also wonder how Slyboots 007 feels about the way Michael Vick treated those dogs. I have a feeling this person is not really on our side.

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    3. No he doesnt owe anyone anything..but he will have to answer on judgement day..May he rest on HELL…He is a coward just as many other players in the NFL.

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    4. You are every bit as much of an ignorant piece of crap as Michael Vick is. And obviously you must have been sleeping during school when they taught grammar and punctuation. I guess “stupid is as stupid does.”

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  7. OMG THE LADY FROM PIT BULL & PAROLEES HAS OVER 200+ DOGS AND IS NOT GOING AROUND WRITING STUPID ARTICLES , AND YOU CANT EVEN TAKE CARE OF ONE DOG?????????????????????? SMH STOP BEGGING FOR ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Are you frekaing serious? She said MANY times over she would happily pay the money and wouldn’t accept it if Vick did offer help. You missed the point completely. The point is he cares more about a damn football game than a LIVING, BREATHING, FEELING CREATURE.

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    2. I agree one hundred percent with this article. M. Vick is a degenerate and has no regrets for what he did to his dogs still. All he cares about is playing football. I for one am so glad the article was written and do not think this man is begging for attention. He is a decent human being with a big heart and bless him for looking after a dog that did manage to survive the monster M. Vick.

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    3. Your ignorance regarding her point is exceeded only by your inability to spell the word article. Way to represent

      And that bitch whines and complains every day begging for donations while sitting in a net worth of over $ 300,000 while the Vicktory parents pay the price to clean up the mess that waste of space left without donations or complaint

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  8. Omg why would someone get a dog and cry because the bills are too high. Oh boooo hoooo cry me a river. Who fault was that? Stop looking for a handout when your the one that wanted the dog. YOU SLAP YOUR OWN FACE SO STOP TRYIN TO BLAME VICK!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Mike Vick needs to be tortured just like those dogs.. Dee you dumb ass let’s not forget about the ones that died, and you are obviously an idiot that can’t read no where does anyone ask for a handout. But since you support Vick you must be on welfare. I am so grateful there are people that took care of the survivors..

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    2. If you actually read the article, you would see that the owners of these dogs are NOT looking for a handout, simply making a very good point. But you are obviously an illiterate idiot so you probably couldn’t read some of the big words that the author used. It must have been a struggle for you to write your comment. Not surprised that you would be a supporter of Michael Vick and have zero compassion for the dogs that he tortured. You suck.

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    3. And your ignorance of the situation is astounding. If you had done any research at all, you would know how much all the V parents have done, and spent, for the good of the dogs. My family had to move to a different community in a different state in order to bring Ray home. Every single one of the dogs, which have been adopted into regular families, with regular incomes, have had every medical procedure they needed, every time. You are picking on the wrong people here. These folks actually went the extra mile to repair the damage done. What have you done to make the world a better place?

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  9. Whoooooo care, move on with your life. If you couldn’t afford to pay for a Vick dog than you shouldn’t adopted him. Maybe the courts needs to take him away from you. Plus I can’t wait til all these stupid mutts die so we can stop hearing about them. GET A LIFE VICKTORY MOM, stop lookin for attention.

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      1. This person that says they can’t wait for the other dogs to die.. This is part of what is wrong with society today. I pity this person and their ignorance and their I humane thoughts that make them say such awful things about a dog. May they find peace within themselves one day and understand the magnatude of Michael Vicks crime

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      2. Vicktorymom, you are an amazing person and so many of us are thankful for you and everyone else that stepped up to help these dogs. The negative comments on this post are written by ignorant people with no compassion and I’m sure they’ve done nothing in their lives worth mentioning and definitely nothing to make the world a better place. They probably have no friends because who wants to hang out with such negativity? So please don’t let these imbeciles get to you. They are not worth it. The dogs are worth it. They are the voiceless victims. Every person has a right to fight for something they truly believe in. That doesn’t mean we all believe in fighting for the same thing. We animal lovers are compassionate about just that, while others fight for different things. Why do these negative people always bring into the picture something that has nothing to do with what the post is about. Sure there are other crimes committed by other NFL players, but this post has nothing to do with that. If they feel so strongly about those things then shut up and put their money where your mouths are and do something about it. Don’t come here judging someone for fighting for something different. They can talk the talk, but you never see them walking the walk. They are just whiners and will never be anything more. So keep up the good fight victorymom. There are so many of us that believe in what you are doing and all you whiners out there, go find some other post to complain on and spread your negativity worthlessness.

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    1. You will never stop hearing about them because the non-ignorant human beings will never forget what he did. The world will be ok without you as well. I will bet you are not a productive member of society.

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    2. Let me guess. You dont work …live on welfare…obviously have no class and no brains. Bet you have money for beer and cigarettes, yet you will condemn people who are doing the right thing for the right reasons. Why don’t you take a hike..off a cliff ..you dumb ” vick” sucker..

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  10. Much love to the VDogs and those amazing people caring for them. I’ve been working (finally) on letting go of the anger and hatred I have toward the teams that rewarded Vick with undeserved millions and the millions of fans that value 6 points on a scoreboard more than decency. But there is always a reminder such as his statement about being haunted by a pass in an early-season game to keep me from forgiving the “man” himself.

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  11. Hindsight is truly 20/20…there should have been a medical trust fund established for the survivor dogs. While vet bills go hand in hand with adopting a pet, these dogs are experiencing issues beyond the norm. Maybe if the disgrace as a human was made responsible to fund their vet care, he might have some remorse about what he did the dogs rather than lamenting over a pass thrown.

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  12. I`m pretty sure he feels nothing at all. that is just my opinion, he didn`t feel anything when he was committing these savage acts, and probably doesn`t cross his mind now.yes he has paid his debt to society, but karma is still waiting around the corner. thank goodness for people like you, picking up the pieces of someone else’s mess

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    1. Sociopaths don’t. After reading the trial transcripts and accounts of theach depths of his depravity, there is no doubt that he is a sociopath and a narcissist

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  13. Reblogged this on Grasping the Tale of the Fox and commented:
    As I go about putting all the words from my last post into my daily living–still the goal–this is a painful reminder of why I may forgive the fans for putting “team loyalty” above “decency loyalty”, but I don’t know if I can forgive the “man” that performed these acts.

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        1. Thank you for clearing that up, Vicktorymom. Lots of the articles about these dogs still state that Vick paid for their medical care for the rest of their lives. I was ignorant of the truth as well, until now. Thank you, not just for clearing that up, but for loving the way you do.

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  14. Love this and it brought tears to my eyes. This post reminds me once again of the range of emotions one person can cause. I loathe and abhor him but oh the precious dogs I have “gotten to know” and love because his status helped shed a light. Much love.

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