Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Vick's dogs to die legally

The federal government is preparing to kill most of the dogs seized from Michael Vick's Surry County property during its investigation into a dog fighting operation. The fate of the 53 pit bulls will rest with a federal judge. Animal rights groups have suggested that the dogs be euthanized because they have been trained to be fighters, not pets. The U.S. attorney's office published notices last month giving anyone until Thursday to claim ownership of one or more of the dogs. If no one steps forward to claim ownership, the case will move to a federal judge who has two options: sell the dogs or dispose of them "by other humane means (i.e. killing the dogs).

If the Feds wanted to kill the dogs, they should have at least waited for a few months to let Vick finish what he started. Not only would it have saved the public purse the euthanasia costs, but it would have resulted in a longer jail sentence for Vick. And who can argue with that?

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