Folks divided on Michael Vick owning dogs

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-18 18:45:33-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--Michael Vick appeared on CNN Tuesday night, and in the interview said he deserves to adopt dogs for his children now that the court-ordered three year ban prohibiting Vick dog ownership will soon expire.

In a nationally known case, Vick was sent to prison for his part in a dog fighting ring. Vick hanged and drowned dogs at his Bad Newz Kennels.

Since his release from prison, Vick has lectured about the pitfalls and harm dog fighting inflicts.

Tonya Irizarry with Ring Dog Rescue said Vick has said all the right things. But after committing such heinous acts she asked how can Vick be trusted?

“I don’t think he is necessarily sorry for taking those dogs lives,” Irizarry said. “He actively participated in the killing of the dogs who did not perform therefore I think it is a life sentence where he never be allowed to own another animal.”

But those on the other side of the fence said Vick committed the crime and has done the time.

“Yes I think he paid his dues to society,” Chris Strane, from Richmond, said. “Yes. I think he deserves a second chance.”

 “If he isn’t fighting the dogs I don’t think his kids should be penalized for what he’d done,” Willie Hilliard said.
Ariela’s Melzer disagreed, and said that despite paying his dues, Vick is the last person who should own a dog.

 “I don’t anyone who can heartlessly inflict so much cruelty can be trusted in the privacy of their own home,” said Melzer.

Vick’s autobiography “Michael Vick: Finally Free,” was just published and is now for sale in stores.