Michael Vick was released from prison Wednesday after serving 19 months for running a dogfighting ring at his Virginia home. The gruesome details about dogs hanged, drowned and electrocuted came out in 2007 in a federal indictment.
Now, Vick apparently wants to work with the Humane Society of the United States on a program aimed at stopping dogfighting among urban teens.
HSUS President Wayne Pacelle said in his blog today that he met with Vick, but, he said "I still don't know what's in his heart. He told me he did terrible things to dogs. He said he grew up with dogfighting as a boy, and that he never sufficiently questioned it as he grew into manhood."
Pacelle said Vick told him he's changed and wants to show the American public that he is committed to helping combat the problem of dogfighting.
"For me, it's not about Michael Vick and providing endless punitive treatment. It's about stopping other young people from going down the road Vick took. It's about having kids today put down their break sticks and destroy their pit bull treadmills," wrote Pacelle.
"...The most urgent challenge we face is interrupting the cycle of violence that leads kids down this dead end path, one that's paved with animal misery."
I'm a bit skeptical, but maybe Vick really has changed.