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Vick makes me sick.

August 26, 2007, 12:05 AM

By Glen McAdoo.

In the United States, one dog is put to death every 16 seconds, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That's approximately 2,000,000 a year. How many of those were pets just dumped along a road someplace because the owner just grew tired of them? Maybe they were moving to a place that didn't allow dogs. Dump "Sparky" - he's just a dog. Michael Vick is not the only one killing dogs in this country. He didn't kill 2,000,000. I believe that number is just the number of dogs put to sleep at shelters. It wouldn't include those killed by the Vicks in the country, because they dared not perform well in the pit or on the race track.

Note the following facts as published by the Greyhound Protection League:

  1. Greyhound dogs are kept at track kennels in stacked cages, often muzzled, for a total of 18 to 22 hours per day.
  2. In most kennels, greyhounds are heavily infested with fleas and ticks. As a result many greyhounds have been found to carry potentially serious but easily treatable tick-bone diseases: canine erlichiosis, canine babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever and lyme disease.
  3. Racing greyhounds are routinely fed the meat of diseased, dying or downed (unable to walk) animals deemed unfit for human consumption by the USDA. The meat can make the greyhounds sick but is used because it is cheap.
  4. A comparison of the published numbers against the estimated combined number of dogs that are still racing (40,000), alive on breeding or training farms (30,000), and the dogs that have been adopted (113,000) indicates that close to 325,000 greyhounds, including culled puppies, have died between 1989 and 2000.
  5. This "sport" has conservatively claimed the lives of more than 1,000,000 greyhounds in its 75-year U.S. history.

I have talked to the greyhound adoption people on several occasions and I have no doubt the GPL speaks the truth. Others may differ.

I think it's about time we put an end to dog racing. Surely there are enough other things on which to gamble. We could put two men in a ring and let them knock their brains out. Oh, we do that already. At least they made a choice to be prizefighters. Dogs don't get a choice. Yes, some owners of racing dogs may be exceptions and treat their dogs well, but they appear to be few and far between.

As for those, like Michael Vick, who train dogs to kill other dogs and then execute them when they don't perform well, they deserve our utmost contempt. We should come up with a punishment that fits the crime. Imprisonment just seems too easy. I am not a capital punishment advocate or I might suggest we let him play football, and the first time he doesn't perform well the good folks in Atlanta can drown his sorry a--. Or we could just have him fight off several dogs in a pit. If he doesn't perform well we would just bury him out back some place.

If you guessed I haven't any compassion for Mr. Vick, you are 100 percent correct. The guy is making millions and he risks it all to bet on (he denies this) and watch dogs tear each other apart, because of what? The thrill? The blood and guts? What kind of a sick person does this type of thing? And please, please, don't tell me it is just part of some people's culture. It's barbaric!

There isn't any culture worth its salt that condones the abuse of animals. Yes, that includes bull fighting. There isn't any human being worth his/her salt that abuses animals. Many psychopaths start out by torturing animals. Maybe Vick's next victim would not have been a dog. He needs a shrink, fast. Some people prey on the defenseless. Some are called pedophiles. Some torture animals. One of them was called a quarterback. I hope he never wears a uniform again, unless it's orange or black and white striped.

Dogs only ask one thing, to be loved. Sure, you have to feed them and water them, and occasionally even groom them. You even have to take them to the vet now and then. But they will give you more love in return than you can imagine. That little furry bundle of joy at the foot of your bed loves you. Okay, in your bed. That boxer or bulldog that slobbers all over your face loves you. Just treat them right. For God's sake treat them right. Is that asking too much?

Dogs have been known to save their owners' lives even while sacrificing their own in the process. How many of you would do that for a friend? That's why they call them man's best friend, I reckon. That they are. And more.

Glen McAdoo, a Fallon resident, can be contacted at glynn@phonewave.net.

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