It's Rah-Rah Season!
Lehigh Valley, PA - Every now and again, a truly sparkling editorial or column comes along with torturous humor.1 The most recent example comes from columnist Paul Carpenter of The Morning Call, who swipes a heavy blow at Michael Vick and his forever association to a breed of dog that has "recently enjoyed a series of triumphs over adversaries" in the region, including the brutal killing of Carmen Ramos -- a "splendid display of teamwork" by five pit bulls.
The frenzy of a new NFL season is upon us; no sense feigning delight.
Carpenter weaves other whoppers into the piece as well, citing specific examples of how humane groups responded to other destructive pit bull maulings in the area. For instance, after three pit bulls "teamed up to blitz" Schenectady resident Shirleen Lucas, the Mohawk Humane Society responded by "announcing it was seeking a $25,000 grant to work on reversing the 'bad rep' of pit bulls." (Stop drinking Pepsi readers and skip the nearest Pittie-Palooza).
Similarly, when a pit bull attacked the carriage horse, Melissa Levy, executive director of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, said the dog is "actually a sweetheart." It must be that the horse was asking for it by cheering for the St. Louis Rams.
In any case, it seems the animal rights crowd holds some animals -- Chihuahuas and horses, for example -- in lower regard than pit bulls, and humans don't count at all, especially not the small children who seem to be a favorite target of the sweethearts.
The rash of recent pit bull attacks coincides with the football frenzy swirling around Vick, who has been elevated to heroic role-model status by Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. The only thing that matters to Lurie and Eagles fans is whether Vick can help bring victory over the Rams on Sunday. (Paul Carpenter, The Morning Call)
All through the column, Carpenter keeps the NFL theme alive and his disdain for Michael Vick -- aka the classy "Ron Mexico." Who knows, the 2011-2012 season may be the one where Vick finally gets a new dog? Meanwhile, all the "rehab" work on his famed Vicktory dogs has achieved dismal results. We reported last November that after 35 months of rehabilitation, only three of the 22 dogs received by Best Friends had been adopted into family homes.
Kudos and a rah-rah to Paul Carpenter!
11/30/10: Progress Report: Only 3 Vick Dogs from Best Friends Adopted in 35 Months
11/30/10: Collection of Best Friends Animal Society Related Posts - DogsBite.org
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05/30/09: Sports Columnist Michael Felger Blasts Pit Bull Owners and "Nutty Dog Crowd"
05/27/09: Steelers Linebacker James Harrison's Pit Bull Attacks His Son
05/25/09: Professional Athletes and Pit Bulls: Dogfighting, Abuse and Violent Attacks