Earl Ofari Hutchinson

*Any dog that Michael Vick owned would be the luckiest dog on the planet.

But a dog won’t get that honor, at least not just yet.

And it’s dumb and silly not to give Vick the chance to give a dog the love, care and devotion that he would give the lucky pet.

There are two reasons why Vick won’t get to own a pet now. They tell much about the idiocy of a court system that deals in rigid absolutes and about many that are still blinded in part by mania over the Vick’s past reprehensible actions toward dogs, and in part because of racism.

Vick is barred from buying, selling and — most grievously to him — owning a dog. Grievous, because he has publicly pined to own a dog, his children’s desire to have a dog, and most importantly that owning a dog would send the message that redemption is more than just a Webster dictionary word. Vick understands the importance of that message and said so in an interview, “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States cosigned that message when he said “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner.”

The sad thing is that Vick and Pacelle can talk all day about the message that Vick would send by being allowed to own a dog but it won’t change anything. This is the same Humane society that whipped up public rage against Vick to the point that Vick was tried, convicted and sentenced in the court of public opinion long before he put a toe in a court room. This assured that Vick’s name would be spat out in the same breath as the names of the worst of the serial killers, pedophiles, and terrorists.

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