Letter: Obama should give ‘second chance’ pat on the back to animal shelter

President Obama recently phoned the Philadelphia Eagles coach,
Jeffrey Lurie, and commended him for giving Michael Vick a

second chance.

When will our president call Best Friends in Utah where Vick’s
abused dogs are getting a second chance?
Dear Editor,

President Obama recently phoned the Philadelphia Eagles coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and commended him for giving Michael Vick a “second chance.”

When will our president call Best Friends in Utah where Vick’s abused dogs are getting a second chance? Michael Vick has admitted to forcing dogs to fight to the death, and being responsible for or personally hanging, shooting and drowning gentle dogs who were unwilling to fight. That was his way of punishing an innocent being who did not live up to his expectations or demands.

It would be far too dangerous to trust a vulnerable dog with him should he lose his temper, because the puppy or dog did not follow orders or displeased him. Our responsibility as animal guardians is to protect other species, not purposely put them in harm’s way.

Animal abusers do not deserve a second chance. Vick is a narcissistic con artist who would still be in the dog-fighting business if he hadn’t been caught. Vick has not “redeemed” himself by his self-serving, phony participation in anti-abuse ads.

Sammarye Lewis, San Jose

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