The Real Time Canine II

After spending 2 years writing the Real Time Canine, the adventure continues with The Real Time Canine II. Read along as I look for just the right puppy to continue the experience. After false starts with Tim and Jed, I am currently training young Tam, and Spot, which are both off to a strong start. Please visit the RTC II to read about training sessions as they occur.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ode to Ookie

Notorious Vick, aka Ookie, when he was a $13,000,000 per year professional football player
83 . In or about April 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in "testing" sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground.

84. On or about April 25, 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK possessed various items associated with the continued operation of the dog fighting operation at 1915 Moonlight Road, including the sheds and kennels associated with housing the fighting dogs and hosting dog 17 fights; approximately 54 American Pit Bull Terriers, some of which had scars and injuries appearing to be related to dog fighting ; a "rape stand," a device in which a female dog who is too aggressive to submit to males for breeding is strapped down with her head held in place by a restraint ; a "break" or "parting" stick used to pry open fighting dogs' mouths during f.ig-hts treadmills and "slat mills" used to condition fighting dogs ; and other items . (In violation of T itle 18, United States Code, Section 371).

Above are items 83 and 84 from count 1 of the criminal indictment against Ookie, notorious Michael Vick, and his co-conspirators that was filed in US District Court on July 17, 2007.

14. The fights at 1915 Moonlight Road generally occurred late at night or early in the morning, sometimes involved 2-3 separate matches, and would last several hours. Generally, only those accompanying the opposing kennels and "Bad Newz Kennels'" associates were allowed to attend the fights. For a particular dog fight, the opponents would establish a purse for the winning side, ranging from the 100's up to 1,000's of dollars. Participants and spectators would also place side-bets on the fight, dependant on the ultimate outcome or certain events occurring during the course of the dog fight. The dog fight would last to the end, which would generally involve the death or surrender of the losing dog. At the end of the fight, the losing dog was sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot, electrocution, or some other method. The members of "Bad Newz Kennels" would also sometimes "test" the pit bulls in their inventory, determining if a particular dog was "game," meaning that it would be a good fighter. Sometimes, the dogs deemed not to be good fighters would be put to death. During the execution of a federal search warrant on or about June 7,2007, investigators uncovered the graves of seven pit bull dogs who were killed by members of "Bad Newz Kennels" following testing sessions in April 2007.

This is item 14 from the complaint filed against Ookie and his co-conspirators in US District Court on July 2, 2007.

Read the suspension letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, sent August 24, 2007 to Ookie through his agent, Joel Segal. Mr. Goodell states in part;

"Two of your co-defendants admitted that in April of 2007, they tested dogs to determine if the animals would be good fighters, that they executed dogs that did not perform well in tests, and that you personally participated in the testing and the killing of dogs. Your admitted conduct is not only illegal, but cruel and reprehensible."

Ookie has been granted permission by the NFL to once again play ball. ESPN quoted from Mr. Goodell's letter granting him reinstatement;

"I do recognize that some will never forgive him for what he did," Goodell said. "I hope that the public will have a chance to understand his position as I have."

Well, Mr. Goodell, I for one will never understand his position, or yours to reinstate him. He has paid his debt, that's true, and deserves the right to work. In my opinion though, just not as a sensational and highly paid role model. Ookie is a knuckle-dragging, moronic, sadistic and evil man, and whoever heard of an evil role model?

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