Friday, August 28, 2015

Born and Raised in Pittsburgh.... No Longer a Steelers Fan #2

So as I sit here this Morning and Drink my Cup of Joe for a cause my Husband is watching sports center before he heads off to work. Just a Normal Friday in the Stakeley Pittsburgh home. 

On Tuesday it was officially announced that Michael Vick 
<< I can't even stand to type his NAME! >> 
Will join the Pittsburgh Steelers for 1 year. 
And Here is how I a former Steeler fan and  Good Guy/Animal Supporter Feel and stand on this..... 

Sure all "football players" are not saints.... and many of them should not be allowed to even wear a team jersey. "It's NOT like the good old days that is for sure." 

But for me and where I stand this is too close to home. 
He has NEVER even Publicly Said I AM SORRY. 

There was a group characterized as “pancake dogs”–animals so traumatized they flattened themselves on the ground and trembled when humans approached. 

What he was charged with was this: 

  1.  “In or about April 2007, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions … by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.” (credit Federal indictment )
    A report by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator provided more details on the April 2007 killings, saying that the men hung approximately three dogs “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs’ heads in a five gallon bucket of water.” They killed one dog by “slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog’s back or neck.”
    According to a witness, the men fought their trained pit bulls with pet dogs, and they “thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs.”
    They hosted fights at the Virginia property and transported dogs to other states to participate in fights. The fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours. Before fights, dogs would be bathed to remove any poison or narcotic that might have been placed on them to hinder their opponents’ performance. Losing dogs sometimes died in the pit. Gambling purses were frequently in the thousands of dollars.
    Dogs who lost fights were executed.
    • approximately 54 dogs, mostly pit bulls, some with scars and injuries; most were underfed
    • about half of the dogs were chained to car axles and just out of reach of each other, a typical arrangement for fighting dogs
    • a blood-stained fighting area
    • animal training and breeding equipment, including 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 in a restraint
    • a “break” or “parting” stick, used to pry open fighting dogs’ mouths during fights
    • treadmills and “slat mills” used to condition fighting dogs
    • assorted paperwork documenting involvement in animal fighting ventures
    • performance-enhancing drugs commonly used to increase the fighting potential in dogs, as well as to keep injured dogs fighting longer.
    Even after pleading guilty to the federal charges, Vick had not admitted to hands-on participation in the killing of poorly performing dogs. Investigators got conflicting statements from Vick’s co-conspirators. An FBI agent questioned Vick for five hours and gave him a polygraph test that indicated he was lying.
No amount of Money will EVER take back what he did. The smirk on his face during news interviews shows to me a man that is sick and should not be put in the public eye but into an institution for help. 

 The Dogs

A New York Times article followed up on the lives of several of the dogs who were transported to Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary. This excerpt describes a dog named Georgia:
A quick survey of Georgia, a caramel-colored pit bull mix with cropped ears and soulful brown eyes, offers a road map to a difficult life. Her tongue juts from the left side of her mouth because her jaw, once broken, healed at an awkward angle. Her tail zigzags.
Scars from puncture wounds on her face, legs and torso reveal that she was a fighter. Her misshapen, dangling tests show that she might have been such a successful, vicious competitor that she was forcibly bred, her new handlers suspect, again and again.
But there is one haunting sign that Georgia might have endured the most abuse of any of the 47 surviving pit bulls seized last April from the property of the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in connection with an illegal dogfighting ring.
Georgia has no teeth. All 42 of them were pried from her mouth, most likely to make certain she could not harm male dogs during forced breeding.
Her caregivers here at the Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary, the new home for 22 of Mr. Vick’s former dogs, are less concerned with her physical wounds than her emotional ones. They wonder why she barks incessantly at her doghouse and what makes her roll her toys so obsessively that her nose is rubbed raw.
Georgia, known to lick the face of anyone who comes near.
Having those teeth extracted, Dr. McMillan and other vets said, must have been excruciating. Even with medication, dogs are in pain after losing one tooth, which may take more than an hour of digging, prying and leveling to pull.

 I'm guessing Mike Tomlin and the Steeler organization haven't heard the true story of Michael Vick and the way he tortured dogs. It goes way beyond dog fighting rings. I'm so disappointed in the Steelers right now.

Now I agree that EVERYONE deserves a Second Chance if they truly feel remorse for what they have done. I believe that only he knows everything that he has done. Not what he was charged for but between him and god. 

As a Animal Supporter I can not and will not support the Pittsburgh Football Team and The Sad Decision by the Rooney Family. 

I suppose we need to all just be grateful that Charles Manson didn't have a good throwing arm, or else he may of bought his way out of prison and onto Heinz field as a player too. 

If I have learned anything in life it is that EVERYTHING Happens for a Reason and I have decided to use this time spent cheering at my TV to seek out and do more for my local animal shelters as a volunteer.

Turn your anger into something good. Join me! ~ Sara Stakeley

Hope Haven 

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