Michael Vick was finally sentenced on federal charges, and we are pleased with the strong punishment handed down in this dogfighting case. It’s good to know that this cruelty is seen as a serious crime! Michael Vick has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and for his part in the killing of pit bulls who did not fight aggressively. He also received three years’ probation. Thousands of others involved in this underground world of violence and callousness need to learn a lesson from this very public case.
Respectfully remind The Honorable Gerald G. Poindexter, Commonwealth Attorney, that a vigorous prosecution of this and any cruelty case—and the pursuit of serious penalties against animal abusers upon conviction—is in the best interests of the county’s human and animal residents and sends the message that the defenseless must be safeguarded and that cruelty will not be tolerated. Call on Mr. Poindexter to ensure that dogfighters receive the maximum penalties, including incarceration; a permanent prohibition on having ownership, custody, or control of animals (as is allowed by state law); and any necessary psychiatric intervention. Take action by sending a letter here.
Thank you for all you’ve helped to accomplish so far, and we look forward to working with everyone to further call out all the cowards who think they look tough by fighting animals!