The new issue of GQ magazine features an interview with Michael Vick:
“For a while, it was all ‘Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he’s not a person,’ ” he says. “It’s almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money.”
It was something that happened. Not torture and pain and death that he inflicted with his own hands on innocent dogs. Just something that happened. Like one day you are whisking around Munchkinland in your ruby slippers and suddenly a Kansas house lays you out.
What has Michael Vick done to anybody?
Vick and friends had not simply eliminated these [failed fighting] dogs with a cold efficiency, they’d beaten them first. The revelation added another layer of brutality to the already nasty case.
And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of bruising on all four ankles and all along one side. Its skull was fractured in two places and it had four broken vertebrae. Brownie had said that all of the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.
As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.
– excerpt from Jim Gorant’s book The Lost Dogs
Number of days in prison Michael Vick served for torturing dogs? Zero. Number of animal cruelty convictions on his record? Zero.
It was something that happened.