Column about Michael Vick is a dropped pass in the end zone

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Writer Brenda Linck used a blog post on Fan IQ to suggest NFL quarterback Michael Vick, convicted on dog-fighting charges, is a role model.

Maybe, in a stretch, one could suggest he turned his life around – if and only if we see a change going forward for an extended period of time. But at this point, I’m not seeing enough from Vick. What he did was nothing short of horrible.

But Linck went even farther with her column on January 5, stepping into a heaping pile of clueless.

Linck made the following statement:

He ended up serving 21 months in prison. Did the punishment fit the crime? In my opinion, no; He should have served less time.

Actually, 21 months in prison is far too little time for operating a dog-fighting ring and torturing dogs to death. But Linck justifies her opinion by claiming that criminals can serve less time for acts against people. So increase the penalties for these crimes; don’t lessen the punishment for cruelty to animals.

And she says we all make mistakes. Sure, but we don’t all engage in cruelty to animals or people. And those who do should be severely punished. Yes, people can change and turn their lives around. But for this sort of horrible crime, the punishment should come first and then it’s up to the offender to prove him or herself over time.

Linck lost all credibility on this issue, when she suggested Vick’s punishment was too harsh – in comparison to his crime.

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A little bit better sentence for dog fighting – but still far too short

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I was a bit surprised by the number of years in the sentence handed down this week for man found guilty of running a dog-fighting operation in Chester County, Pa. He was given 7-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison.

That’s more than abusers typically receive for this terrible crime, but it is still far short of what he should have received. reports the couple involved “treated their children like dogs and treated their dogs like no living creature should ever be treated.”

So how is it that someone engaged in cruel acts against kids and dogs and receive only 15 years – tops. And sadly, he will be released years before even the seven years are served, because some parole board will claim it’s too tough for him in a crowded prison.

Yet that same parole board will fail to note how horrible it was for the kids and dogs. The article explains:

Some were electrocuted, some were hanged and some were shot. One was left on the side of the road and burned to death in his cage.

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Police also found five malnourished children in the house, ages 3 to 15, who had been living in squalor.

It’s worth a life sentence – and no less. It is not safe for innocent people and for society as a whole to have someone like this ever freely walking the streets. How is it that our criminal justice system and our legislative bodies can’t seem to understand this? How is it that they refuse to protect the innocent?


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Thought for the Day: Recovery from Dog Fighting

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We often read about dogs rescued from dog-fighting rings and about their rehabilitation from the horrors they faced. So often the stories show how many of the dogs can recover and become loving family members.

This is because dogs are inherently good. But the dogs are – after all – are the victims in all of these cases. But the people who operate and attend and bet on the dog fights are far, far less likely to recover any level of compassion or morals in their lives.

So while the dogs have been trained to engage in a vicious activity, with their trainers and other evil people looking on, it is the dogs rescued from the rings who often end up becoming responsible, loving members of society.

I think this says something about the horrible people roaming about in our society.

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Pack News Wire (10.2.13): Dog Fighting

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ANOTHER weak sentence for dog fighting

In another example of how dysfunctional our criminal justice system can be, an Alabama man who recently pleaded guilty to dog fighting will serve no jail time. He will ONLY serve 100 hours of community service – working around dogs at a shelter.

And in a completely clueless move on the courts’ part, the man will ONLY be banned from having dogs for two years. In the meantime, the court will put homeless dogs in the shelter at risk.

Something is really wrong with any judge or any sentencing guidelines that allow for this level of weakness in punishment being handed out for violent felons. And there is no doubt that dog fighters are violent felons. What we’ve seen in too many cases puts innocent people and innocent animals at risk.

The top mission of our criminal justice system should be to protect the innocent. Because too many people involved in the system all over the country seem to be lacking in education and in the reality of what is going on, the innocent are at risk.

Couple ran dog fighting ring out of home – where five kids lived

A Pennsylvania couple has been accused of running a dog-fighting operation out of their home, where their five children lived. The woman has pleaded guilty and has agreed to testify against her husband.

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Wacky Mentality for Monday – Puppy Mills and Dog Fighting

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A couple of news articles from this month put Wacky Mentality on display – again.

Dog fighting and animal cruelty charges were filed last week against a Utah man. Witnesses saw two men holding the leashes of two dogs as they fought. An officer responded and also saw what was happening, as reported by Opposing Views.

So what was the excuse given by one of the men charged? – He said he was letting the dogs fight because they weren’t getting along and this was a way to “help them “get along.”

That is Wacky Mentality.

Over in Oceanside, Calif., the city council voted down a proposal to ban the sale of puppies from puppy mills in retail stores. The vote was 3-2.

The U-T San Diego article included the following:

But Councilmen Jerry Kern, Gary Felien and Jack Feller said they didn’t have enough information about what constituted unethical breeding to move forward with changing the city’s laws.

They didn’t have enough information about the definition of an unethical breeder? How is that possible in 2013?

And others speaking out against the ban tried to claim a ban on the sale of dogs in stores would send dog breeding underground and somehow hurt the long-term viability of breeding.

What a load of what I regularly scoop from our backyard. And then a store owner claimed he had to sell puppies to make a profit, as he could not make it selling supplies.
Again – a load of dung. There are pet stores all over the county that profit from selling pet supplies. It’s one of the consistently-performing elements of the economy.

There are examples of Wacky Mentality all through that news piece.


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Trunking is an evil form of an evil practice

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Dog fighting is horrendous on its basic levels. But some evil people have found a way to make it more horrible. They throw two dogs into a car trunk to fight – often so that the sound will be muffled and therefore less likely to be heard by nearby residents.

If we even needed more evidence that some criminals should never be allowed out of prison, this practice clinches it. People who can torture animals and children are screaming out a message that they are over the edge. They lack empathy to a level that is dangerous to others.

Commissioners in Miami-Dade (Fla.) are discussing a plan to increase the criminal penalties for “trucking.” But the proposal falls far short of what the penalties should be. I don’t get it.

The plan is to double the fine to $2,000. I realize we’re talking about a county fine here. State governments and the federal government should dramatically increase the punishment for dog fighting and similar acts of cruelty. The people who engage in these acts consider the current sentencing nothing more than a slight inconvenience.


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Another weak sentence for dog fighting

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Too many courtrooms across the country are handing out very weak punishments for serious crimes – like dog fighting. I am consistently stunned by the light sentences we’re reading about.

A few days back, a dog fighter in Gary, Ind. was given just 18 months of home detention and probation for operating a fighting ring out of his garage. The criminal pleaded guilty last month to promoting or staging an animal fighting contest (Class D felony) and misdemeanor possession of animal fighting paraphernalia, as reported by Opposing Views.

He will pay funds to cover the care of the dogs. But a ban on having “vertebrate animals” as pets only runs through the length of his sentence. So after a year-and-a-half, this dog torturer can obtain more dogs.

It is unbelievable that anyone with a functioning brain and moral compass could support allowing a convicted dog fighter to EVER possess any pets EVER again.


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Major dog-fighting bust highlights major problem

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I think U.S. Attorney George Beck has struck the key note, in terms of the criminal element in our society. In the first paragraph of an article on the site, about a huge dog-fighting raid, Beck was paraphrased as saying he, “thinks there are two types of people in hell – those who are cruel to children and those who are cruel to animals.”

The article reports the raid and rescue of 367 pit bulls was a joint effort from the Auburn Police Division out of Alabama, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, other local law enforcement agencies, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.

Ten individuals were arrested and the search is on for three more. They should be charged as terrorists. The dogs were living in what was described as being “horrendous” conditions. They were chained and malnourished.
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Another clear example of why we need much stronger penalties for dog fighting and other acts of cruelty

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A Cincinnati, Ohio man has been indicted on seven counts, including dog fighting, cruelty to animals and promoting dog fighting. But WCPO reports he has a prior conviction for dog fighting.

So he got off easy the first time and now has been charged for same horrible offense again.

Too often, the message criminals get in cases like this is – ‘no big deal – it’s worth it to continue to break the law.’

Our criminal justice system has to do a much better job of protecting innocent people and animals.


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