Eagles meet with animal welfare groups

August 25, 2009 11:02:57 AM PDT
The meeting was due to all the controversy around the signing of Michael Vick. Apparently the Eagles felt now was the time to reach out to various animal welfare groups in the region to find out what the team can do to calm the troubled waters of public opinion."I'd like to hear from them a commitment to do the work that needs to be done to help us fight dog fighting and obviously that's an issue on their hands right now since signing Michael Vick," said Karel Minor of the Berks County Humane Society.

Though he was not in attendance the meeting was all about Michael Vick, his past and the controversy over his hiring by the Eagles. Though Vick has committed to speak out against dog fighting some local groups want the Eagles to pledge a sum, equal to Vick's salary, to be used to actually help dogs injured in dog fighting.

"That the Eagles match the salary of Michael Vick with an equal amount of contributions to the Humane Societies in this area so they can start a program geared towards giving the dogs, the victims of these terrible dog fighting enterprises, a chance to be rehabilitated, get them necessary medical treatment, and then given a second chance to be adopted out into a loving family," said Tom Hinckey of savingpuppies.com.

Today's meeting comes on the heels of a rescue of fighting dogs from a house in Germantown. Two dogs were found dead, others badly injured here at a house in the 200 block of East Bringhurst Street.

The Eagles say 20 different organizations participated. Both sides said the conversation went well and that more meetings are planned for the near future.

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