Next Monday, dogs seized from Michael Vick’s Surry County property are scheduled to meet the news media and be photographed for the first time since they were taken from the property.
Due to pending cases, previously there was no access to the dogs, and the agencies caring for the dogs were limited by the courts in what could be said about them.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has allowed photographs of the dogs and interviews with their caretakers.
The organization said, “These dogs are learning a new way of life: playing, eating, sleeping and receiving belly rubs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nationâ€™s largest no-kill animal rescue facility.”
In other Vick-related news, Vick has been transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., 35 miles northwest of Kansas City, where they’re used to superstar convicts.
The prison was designed to look like the U.S. Capitol, so it would create a sense of awe and fear in the convicts.
The only other NFL player to spend time in Leavenworth, Byron “Bam” Morris, said it will be impossible for Vick to be treated like other inmates. He’ll be asked for autographs and singled out for fights.
Morris said, “He’s got to just stay to himself and swallow it. If you interact with everybody, eventually something is going to happen. Because everybody wanna try the football player.”
He added, “The guards tell you from the jump, because you’re a football player, you’re not getting preferential. It seems like it’s the opposite. It seems like you get treated worse because you’re an athlete. They look at an ex-football player coming in, millions of dollars, and the first thing they can say, ‘He’s dumb, that was stupid, him doing that.’”
Vick was transferred to Leavenworth so he could enroll in a drug treatment program. The program is held away from the general prison population and takes at least 500 hours over at least six months.
If he finishes the program, he could be eligible for up to a year of early release.