Thursday, December 25, 2014

Rendell on Vick deal, "he's paid for his horrific acts"

Gov. Rendell - Eagles post-game commentator and champion of animal welfare in Pennsylvania - offered his reaction to the signing of Michael Vick today. Rendell, who fought for passage of the new dog law last year to improve conditions in commercial kennels or puppy mills, said Vick has paid his dues and offered to help him meet his goals as an animal advocate.

Rendell on Vick deal, "he's paid for his horrific acts"

Gov. Rendell -  Eagles post-game commentator and champion of animal welfare in Pennsylvania - offered his reaction today to the Michael Vick deal. Rendell, who fought for passage of the new state dog law last year to improve conditions in commercial breeding kennels or puppy mills,  said Vick has paid his dues and he offered to help him meet his goal to be an advocate for dogs.

Here's what Rendell said today:

"I believe that I don't have to take a back seat to anyone in my commitment to helping protect all animals, and specifically our dogs and puppies. I am enormously proud of the progress we have made through the enactment of our new dog law and stepped-up enforcement efforts.

 

“I also believe strongly in the tenets of rehabilitation and redemption. I believe Michael Vick has paid a strong and just penalty for his horrific acts, but he has endured that penalty with dignity and grace. He seems to be genuinely remorseful for what he has done.

 

“Michael Vick’s work with the Humane Society has been a positive step and I believe he will continue to be an advocate for protecting our canine friends. His experience will add extra weight to that message, and I look forward to working with him toward achieving that goal."

 

 

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
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Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at aworden@phillynews.com.

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
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