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Vick dog gets key to the city of Dallas

Earlier this year, Michael Vick was given the key to the city of Dallas.

Now, Mel, one of Michael Vick’s former dogs, has one, too.

As for who’s more deserving, well, you know how I feel.

Those of you who follow Travels with Ace may remember our meeting with Mel in Dallas last July.

Mel was only about a year old when he was seized from the Vick estate and dogfighting operation  in Virginia, where he was believed to have been used as a bait dog. He was one of 47 survivors, and one of the 22 who, deemed most hopeless, were sent to Best Friends, the animal sanctuary in southern Utah.

After spending nearly two years at the Utah animal sanctuary, Mel was adopted by Richard Hunter, a Dallas radio personality and his wife Sunny, manager of VIP services for a swanky gentlemen’s club called The Lodge.

When our travels took us through Texas we met up with Hunter and Mel, joining them for a ride around town because Mel seems most comfortable in the car. Ace piled in the back seat with Mel and the Hunter’s older dog, Pumpkin.

The next time we heard from Richard Hunter, was in February, after he confronted Vick during a Dallas appearance.

Hunter, one of many who were outraged that Vick was being presented a key to the city by interim Mayor Dwaine Caraway, got as close as he could to him and offered him a chance to see his former dog Mel. Vick didn’t take him up on the offer and Hunter was shoved away by the quarterback’s entourage.

Now we get word that, over the weekend, Dallas City Council member Angela Hunt surprised  Hunter by presenting him the John LaBella Award at an Eastlake Pet Orphanage banquet — and presenting Mel with a key to the city.

During the presentation, the Dallas Morning News reports, Hunt had some choice words for Caraway.

“One of my colleagues in the city of Dallas showed a grave lapse in judgment by awarding the highest honor our city an bestow – our key to the city – on someone who was entirely undeserving and someone who has shown serious cruelty and inhumanity,” she said.

Hunt then awarded Mel with a key to the city — an edible one no less.


Comment from bmore pug mom
Time May 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

I just finished writing my final seminar paper on how considering prevention of cruelty to animals in social work practice would lead to a more just society. I used the case of the Vick dogs to illustrate how cruelty in the form of dogfighting exploits these dogs inherent capabilities, and that the case made monumental strides towards bringing justice to the dogs, treating them as victims worthy of restitution. This is another really great stride towards that. Yeay Mel, and yeay Ms. Hunt for speaking her mind!!!!!!! The world needs more public officials like that!!!!

Comment from vmelton
Time May 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks for sharing this story! I agree, Vick doesn’t deserve the key, but Mel does!

For the Love of Paws

Comment from Kendall
Time May 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Vick cannot see/interact with the dogs because its a violation of his parole to do so. Get your facts straight.

Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time May 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

Poor Mel deserves all the reward and acknowledgement he can get. It’s also about time that the city of Dallas signaled it’s mistake and made a correction.
For anyone not familiar with Mel’s story, this article tells it pretty well:

Comment from Amy
Time May 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Hey Kendall, here’s a fact for you, he was just trying to show Vick, photos of the dog.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time May 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

This one’s not too shabby, either, and it has pictures: http://travelswithace.com/?p=23523

Comment from Katie
Time May 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The actual dog was not there. He had a picture (or several) of Mel. Perhaps you should get YOUR facts straight.

Comment from Joan
Time May 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I am so happy for Mel. It was the right thing to do.