Rescue Corner: Forgiveness

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“As the little red dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So, Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was dead.” -The Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant.

Because she wouldn’t fight… This happened AFTER he threw her down the stairs, and after she watched him hang and drown eight other dogs. I still can’t read that book, especially her story, without being overcome with tears for her and all the souls Vick tortured and abused for years.

Jennifer Buck-Aikman
Jennifer Buck-Aikman

I don’t believe we as a society have punished him in any way for his actions. Instead we place him as a role model for our children. Attacking those of us that are outraged by this instead of holding him responsible in all aspects for his actions. He paid a fine, sat in a federal facility for 18 months and gave the most unsympathetic apology for his actions that I have ever heard in my life! I’m sorry but when you bankroll, manage, attend and partake in heinous cruelty against other living souls you don’t get to go back to being the star quarterback and living life like you aren’t a MONSTER!

There are some of the most horrific scenes imaginable described in the indictments and statements of those involved. Cruelty is a top tier crime now tracked by the FBI due to the FACT that it can manifest into crimes against humans. And we are throwing a helmet and jersey on psychotic and parading it around during Sunday Football like it’s nothing! Eight years ago his career should have ended when the new lives of the surviving Vicktory dogs began. They are the heroes here, not him. They survived despite Michael Vick’s desolate soul.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is discriminated against and demonized daily by the world and Michael Vick is living his dream.

How can we build a better world for our children when we place people like him and so many others in the position of role model? Michael Vick, I will NEVER forget! The little red dog’s story and the stories of the all the others are burned into my brain. The fact that he can just keep living life like he did nothing wrong shows how truly psychotic he really is! The fact that the NFL even allowed him play again shows how morally bankrupt they are as an organization! The fact that as a county we continue to place him in a position that makes him a role model shows me how far from the glorious nation we once were we have fallen.

So no, I don’t forgive you, I won’t back off and drop it, and frankly, I can’t believe so many have!
Eighteen months in a Federal Prison doesn’t change the fact that he is a horrible, cruel person, and it certainly didn’t rehabilitate him – EVIL can’t be rehabbed!

Sadly, in the end it has nothing really to do with the actual dog fighting for me anymore. It’s what he did to them when they wouldn’t fight or when they would lose. The lucky ones got a .22 bullet, some were hung, some had their heads held underwater until they drowned, there were the ones like the little red dog – the ones who had jumper cables place on their ears and attached to car batteries and thrown in the pool, the scratch marks of these dogs scarring the pool walls there.

That is your new quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers – psychotic and evil, but hey he can throw a football right?

Jennifer Buck-Aikman is the Founder and President of Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch here in Erath County. She is a member of the SHS Class of 1996 and a lifelong member of the community. She believes that to truly Rescue means to work together no boundaries, no drama, just saving lives! Views expressed in this column are his and do not reflect those of The Flash as a whole. To further discuss Rescue Corner, email her at rescuecornertheflash@gmail.com

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