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…
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.
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.
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.
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.