PHILADELPHIA, PA (AP) - NFL star quarterback Michael Vick was released from the hospital earlier this morning after receiving treatment for lacerations on his right thigh and hand that he received after being bit by several dogs, Philadelphia Eagles’ team spokesman Greg Panner announced today.
Vick, who was from federal prison in 2009 after serving a sentence for animal cruelty stemming from his involvement with a dog-fighting kennel, was walking from a friend’s home to his car when two to three dogs approached and repeatedly bit him. A neighbor who heard the commotion used a garden hose to disperse the dogs .Vick was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was treated and released.
“Vick is a strong man. He could have fought off the dogs and minimized the injury, but because of his history he thought better of it,” Panner explained. “Vick is recovering at home and is questionable for next week’s game against the Giants.”
Vick was coming off of one of the best games of his career, throwing four touchdowns and running for two more in a 59-28 victory against the Washington Redskins. After his incarceration, Vick had stayed out of trouble and was working to reestablish his reputation as a premier quarterback in the NFL.
The irony of Vick being injured by dogs was not lost on supporters of animal rights groups that have protested Vick’s return to the NFL last season. “Of course I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but if the story has a headline of ‘Dog Bites Man,’ there is nobody more appropriate to be the subject of that story than Michael Vick,” Dan Shannon, PETA’s assistant director of campaigns said. “Last night, the dogs got their revenge.”