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Vick declines offer to visit his former dogs

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BAD RAP, the California pit bull advocacy group, invited Michael Vick to visit  eight of his former dogs this weekend when the Philadelphia Eagles are in town to play the Oakland Raiders.

Vick declined the offer.

BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls) told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it extended the invitation through the Eagles to Vick last week.

Tim Racer, BAD RAP co-founder, said the group picked a location that would have allowed Vick to view the dogs from behind a window at a distance — thus satisfying the conditions of Vick’s parole that bar him from being near animals.

Racer said the Eagles informed him Wednesday that Vick would decline the offer.

“We understand Vick is trying to right his wrongs and is very interested in redemption, but you can’t find redemption without acknowledging your victims,” Racer said. “Making amends to the dogs themselves would have helped to create some closure for many of us, especially those people who worked so hard to keep them from being destroyed. It seems that Vick is not ready to go there.”

Oakland-based BAD RAP took in 10 of  the dogs that were part of  Vick’s dogfighting operation at Bad Newz Kennels in southeastern Virginia.

(Photo: Ernie was among the dogs seized from Michael Vick. He was adopted by Andy and Sasha Gibbs. Courtesy of BAD RAP)

Comments

Comment from alane
Time October 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I am glad he isnt able to visit them and traumatize them all over again…..he is a sorry excuse for a human being. Let the animals put that nightmare behind them and share their light and love with those of us who actually have hearts.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time October 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

NO, no,no. Why would Bad Rap think that these dogs would recognize any attempt at redemption rather than the mere presence of this man recreating in them the terror and their reliving the fear he engendered?

Comment from Robin
Time October 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Seriously, what would Vick staring at dogs from behind a window at some legally-required distance prove? Since this would have undoubtedly been good PR for Vick, I’m at least thankful someone in his camp had the wisdom to say no. How about we stop the exploitation of these dogs for once and for all.

Comment from Erin
Time March 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

If he wants redemption, he should submit to being slowly burned to death and cut to pieces over the course of 72 hours.

Comment from Jinx
Time September 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

He doesnt deserve to see thm, he tortured those poor dogs… he has NO right!!!

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