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Kansas City animal lovers want coaching intern fired from Chiefs

Michael Vick was hired this off season

August 08, 2017 - 6:14 am
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Animal rights activists and other concerned fans are planning a protest Wednesday at Arrowhead stadium because they are upset over the hiring of former All-Pro quarterback Michael Vick as a coaching intern. 

Vick, who spent 21 months in prison in connection with a dog fighting ring, is spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program. At the time of his hiring, the Chiefs expected Vick to spend about three weeks with the team. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid coached Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles after Vick's release from prison. 

The fact that Vick served a sentence in federal prison does not comfort protest organizer Mary Dominick.

"In my heart, when I read the things that he did to those dogs -- you can't come back from that -- you just can't," Dominick said. "If he had done that to a person people would be feeling a totally different thing and they think it's just dogs."

A New York Post article by the CEO of the ASPCA said Vick was fully involved in illegal activity that included dogs being electrocuted, drowned and beaten to death. Investigators found skeletal remains of dogs at Vick's Bad Newz Kennels in Virginia. 

Vick has since worked as an advocate for animal welfare. In 2011, he lobbied on Capitol Hill he Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which makes it a crime to "knowingly" attend an animal fight or cause a minor to attend. 

Protestors plan to gather outside Arrowhead Stadium in Lot C at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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