The DogChannel Newswire (12-15-07)

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Posted: December 15, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Vick Letter to Judge: I’m Not a ‘Beast’
Before being sentenced to 23 months in prison on Monday, Michael Vick sent the judge a handwritten letter asking for a "second chance" and saying he grew up not knowing the severity of dogfighting, USA Today reports.
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Attorney Argues to Redefine Dog Barking Ordinance
A dog barking case has reached the Ohio Supreme Court. Currently, part of the City of Columbus ordinance states that the owner of an animal that howls, barks or emits audible sounds that are unreasonably loud as to disrupt the peace and quiet of the neighborhood could face penalties. But according to one attorney, the issue is too vague for pet owners, MSNBC reports.
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Texans Football Player Cited for Loose Dogs
Houston Texans wide receiver/kick returner Jerome Mathis was cited after four pit bulls escaped from his Texas home. Authorities said Mathis allowed the dogs to remain at large and harbored unvaccinated animals, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Cat Bites Dog, Owner Wants Leash Law for Kitties
After her pit bull was attacked by a neighborhood cat, a Sacramento, Calif., dog owner is calling for an end to free-roaming felines, News 10 (California) reports.
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Last of Three Vick Co-Defendants Sentenced
The man who provided prosecutors with most of the information that led to Michael Vick's downfall was sentenced to two months in prison Friday for his role in the NFL star's dogfighting ring, USA Today reports.
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Jackie   Kensington, NH

12/30/2009 6:24:33 PM

I think that Michael Vick can do more good on the outside of prison than on the inside. The only way to prove his sincerity, is to promote more positive things to do with Pit bulls or any dog, like weight pulling. Pit Bulls are very good at it and it's a very macho competition. He needs to use some of the money (forever) he earns with the Eagles, to educate against dog fighting. What better person to do it. He grew up with it, and he went to jail for it. Whether or not he is really sorry, only time will tell. But there can only be good that comes out of this, if he really wants to. One thing that is good ...the Michael Vick dogs got a second chance. That was clearly unheard of, and it was proved you can rehabilitate fighting dogs. Almost all fighting dogs were put down before that. No questions asked. I'm no expert, but any dog fighting clip i've seen on the news or on Animal Planet, most of the dogs try to back off. It's the people who egg them on or force them to continue. So, Let's give Michael a chance to make things right. If he doesn't, then he has to meet his maker some day, and in my opinion, there's a special bad place for people like that.

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