May 19th, 2009
09:32 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Michael Vick Getting Out of Prison

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/05/19/vick.humane.society/art.vick.file.gi.jpg caption="Michael Vick, 28, is serving a 23-month sentence. He is expected to be released from prison tomorrow and go under house arrest."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Convicted dog killer Michael Vick is getting out prison tomorrow. He'll serve out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

Tonight, we'll look at what the future may be like for the former NFL quarterback. He already has a new job. We'll tell you what he'll be up to in the months ahead.

We'll also show you how his surviving dogs are doing.

Do you think Vick has paid the price for his crime? Sound off below.

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And, the search is on for a teenager with cancer and his Mother who cops say are on the run tonight because they are refusing medical treatment that could save the boys life.

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Join us at 10pm ET. See you then!

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    I'm a dog lover. He should be thrown in a ring with other people his size until one of them dies.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  2. ronvan

    I would love to see MV back on the football field. He was something to watch & enjoy. Everyone should be given a second chance in life.
    However, it coninually amazes me that "gifted" people, making millions, living the good life, seem on a path of self-destruction. Counseling, monitoring, and working, voluntarily, in social programs, should be part of of his 2nd chance.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  3. Dick Edwards, North Florida

    I think the NFL should cut all ties with Michael Vick and let him go to the Canadian Football League, better still, let him find a real job like the rest of us and let him dwell on "what might have been."

    May 20, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  4. Linda

    I sure hope he will not be re-hired...

    May 20, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  5. Gordon

    The man has served his time. He should be able to get on with his life.

    May 20, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  6. Bets Preston

    Would not let him dog sit, but I believe in forgiving. He deserves a second chance, and I believe he should have some community service with an abused animal shelter, SCPA, etc. Guess he never had pets growing up!

    May 20, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The sad thing is that some NFL team will end up signing him, unless the NFL bans him for life. He'll be right back where he was before, just like the never ending stream of losers who can't handle their fame and money. The only thing his 'time' will have taught him is to be more careful to not get caught next time.

    May 20, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  8. Kimberley

    I totally agree with those that see this as a mental illness. Jail was important, but now he needs therapy. Animal abuse is a huge danger sign!

    May 20, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  9. Shana

    I generally believe people deserve a second chance but a second chance for Vick does not mean reinstatement to the NFL. Vick tortured and killed with his bare hands helpless dogs. The abuse he inflicted on these dogs is unthinkable. Studies have shown that there is a link between animal cruelty and abuse inflicted on humans. It is apparent Michael Vick has no regard for life. Michael Vick is not a role model and, although he deserves a second chance to clear his name, his crimes were heinous and he should not be reinstated to the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  10. Maur

    First prision doesn't rehabilitate anyone, he's leaving the same person he entered unless he himself has sought therapy and continues with it. 2nd having a person whos displayed no understanding & remorse for his hanious crimes (other then for getting caught & having to go to jail) work with kids who are involved with dog fighting/abuse is the THE most backwards thing i've heard in a long time. I guarantee you it will only serve as his segway back into some form of abuse, and eventually it won't be animals on the receiving end, the man has displayed clear signs of sociopathic tendencies. I'm sick to death of celeb standards being lax, yes he deserves a 2nd chance but that doesn't mean consequence free nor picking up where he left off in the NFL.

    May 20, 2009 at 7:36 am |
  11. Debra, Ca.

    I don't feel that Michael Vick is even close to being rehabilitated. I'm ashamed to call myself a Falcon fan. I have a pitt and he is part of the family, as it should be or you don't deserve to have man's best friend by your side.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:38 am |
  12. leilapei

    michael vick makes me sick. while i do believe most people deserve a second chance, he shouldn't get his way too early. the manner by which he killed those animals cannot easily be forgotten. athletes are supposed to be role models. that's why people, especially children, look up to them. that's why they are paid as much as they are. he totally blew his chance at that and has certainly lost the respect of a lot of people. suffice to say, if he does play again, a lot of people won't be watching and whatever team takes him, well, they also stand to lose some support.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:28 am |
  13. josh pennington

    Personally i own 3 pitbulls and if it was up to me he should be put threw the same torture those dogs where he deserves to die, to me killing a dog or torturing a dog should be put worse than killing a person, if i had the chance i would kill him myself.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:02 am |
  14. Lisa

    I'm glad some of his dogs are receiving second chances, but he should remain in jail. That's were he belongs. Anyone that does what he did to innocent animals is pure evil. Society is definately a better place without him. Did he give second chances to his dogs? No, he strangled them to death with his bare hands and he would have continued doing it, but he got caught. I can't stand to even look at himand I'm pasting a picture of him next to my dictionary's definition of the devil. I believe in Karma and he is certainly due for his comeuppance. Let God forgive him. I won't.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:54 am |
  15. Aschley

    This was a great show tonight- truthful, insightful and informative-all of which are rarities when it comes to the media and its reporting of pit bulls. THANK YOU, CNN! In regard to Michael Vick, I agree with Diane and Sharon who both questioned the short period of time that he spent in jail, in comparison to the life long suffering he has caused. Dog fighting is absolutely horrific, and those who participate should be considered a SEVERE danger to society-Michael Vick included.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:49 am |
  16. missie, lakeland, florida

    I love dogs. But i think a section about new treatments for the heart would have been more useful than that. Dogs get better treatment than humans. HOSIPTALS, PEOPLE, DOCTORS will treat them for free and go way over the top to help them. They would let a human die or be mistreated. I am young heart patient that lives in fear that my heart will stop breathing. I tell almost no one of my illness.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:05 am |
  17. Pete

    Vick, yea the guy is a great quarterback, but why would that mean a thing when we're talking about simple respect for our fellow living creatures? Vick shouldn't get any press untill he spends a whole lot of money and time working with hurt/ abused animals... right his wrong. But the man sickens me, hope he will learn that you take with you what you do.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:52 am |
  18. Kris Abbott

    Not supporting Mr. Vick if he should return to football and strongly objecting with any team who would pick him up sounds like it would do more to show disapproval than house arrest. I"m sure living in his house would be an amazing vacation for most of us.

    May 20, 2009 at 1:37 am |
  19. Kiddo,

    It's not just the Michael Vicks we all should be concerned over. The fact that in most states the laws are so far behind the times. In some states people can do what he was convicted of doing and receive only a small fine and other states less than 30 days in jail. To me if we believe endangering the lives of animals is serious let's not take it out on him the laws need to changed in our states. REMEMBER, in the Vick case, the local law officer had to go to the Federal goverment with his evidence since he could not get the local area attorney to file any charges. He also lost his job over this. So, yes I am upset over not just the time but also, if I remember correctly, the state refused to follow up with charges of it own. Each of us should now be responsible to know what our own state laws are and if they are not strong enough work to improve them.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:58 am |
  20. Eric

    Any effort this man makes to put right his years of wrong will only be to benefit himself and promote the resurrection of his football career. While some animals will likely benefit from his acts of repentance, you can rest assured he will also be there waving his banner of redemption, seeking recognition for his good deeds! I am not buying it, no matter what he does to improve lives of animals in need. If he wouldn't have been caught, dogs would still be dying from torture and fighting. He has shown no amount of remorse that wasn't guilted on him by the media, the NFL, his lawyers, or the loss of millions of dollars. I won't watch a single game this man plays in, but I am sure many others will, which makes me weep for the morality of our nation.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  21. Yvi

    Michael Vick is a murderer who got pleasure from torturing animals that couldn't defend themselves. For years, this man executed horrible acts of cruelty in his own home, painfully torturing and killing hundreds of precious defenseless animals for his own sick entertainment. His only remorse is getting caught, not the deviance of his actions. A person so evil should spend more time in prison than just 23 months, suffering one tenth the amount of pain he instilled in his dogs. His second chance came and went with the second dog he tortured. He deserves the same life he guaranteed his worst victim! I for one will never see an opportunity to let him make right the wrongs he has imposed on himself, and this entire race of humans. He is truly a stain on the moral fabric of our society as a whole, and needs to just go away, and stay away. You are no longer wanted, no matter how well you throw a football!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:53 am |
  22. K Stay

    Can someone lose the key to Vick's cell? Why are we letting him off so easy....If it were MY call...but it's not. No special privileges outside. No more football Vick....

    May 20, 2009 at 12:45 am |
  23. Deb, Atlanta, Ga

    Theres no way 23 mths can enough of a rehab for a dog killer. Michael Vick was a roll model to alot of kids. He had alot Falcon fans who believed in him.
    After letting a large majority of people down especially defenceless dogs people think 23 mths of rehab & few more mths of house arrest will be enough.I hope he 'll never get another chance to play the game he so loves ,because if he loved it so much he would have respected it more, at least here in Atlanta owners of Michael Vick jerseys sent them to local human societies where cut them up & used them for dog bedding.I'm sure the dogs showed how they feel about him.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  24. Wesley W.Jax.

    He could finish out his time here in Jacksonville reforming our animal control. Our fine group saved nearly 125 dogs from a visious fighting ring in a single bust late 2008. It was a long day which required 100 of the rescued be destoryed to save them from fighting. Seems in that one day of evaluation the dogs were too unsocial, jumpy, dirty, what have you , and had to be put down. But they were saved. Maybe, Vick could help our city see a better way. I wish him the best and hope he can put what he has learned from his experience to save others.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 am |
  25. Rebecca

    Any person that's abusive to animals ought to be severely punished-no exceptions!!!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  26. Sarah

    I think that its TERRIBLE what he did to those dogs. I can't believe that a human being would do that. I sure hope we DONT find any other person doing that to poor, innocent animals. I am TOTALLY an animal lover, and it makes me SO frustrated that some one would actually do that. Its TERRIBLE!!! I just cant explain how I feel. I just feel REALLY bad for those poor animals...

    May 20, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  27. Rachel

    Great piece on Michael Vick's fighting dogs tonight. I am and was furious at him but seeing the way these dogs have changed lives gives me a different perspective on change and repair.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  28. Veronica

    It has been my contention that Michael Vick should have been imprisoned with two small puppies – one of which was a pit bull.

    I'm convinced that anyone who shares close quarters with a pet will learn to share love.

    If that iss unsuccessful, then feed him to the dogs.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  29. Dana

    Wow... The man has served his time and he deserves a 2nd chance. How can a dog be valued above the life of any other animal. You can not be pro animail rights and you eat beef or chicken, or go hunting.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  30. Rosa Wallace

    I don't think Vick should be allowed to continue his football career. Who is going to hire him. Could you imagine the demonstrations it will trigger. Also heard that he will be working for the Humane Society. In what capacity. Chief animal Euthanizer??

    May 19, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  31. Nick D. Neighbour

    God Bless those wonderful people who have adopted and who show love to the Dogs rescued from that TRUE ANIMAL Michael Vick!
    It is HE who should be kept in a CAGE and be made to FIGHT for his food for the rest of his rotten LIFE!!

    May 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  32. Crystal

    I agree with Diane and Sharon, generally animal abuse is how serial killers get started. I hope Vick (and everyone else who abuses animals) rots in hell and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. It takes a special kind of evil to be able to torture an innocent animal. And that kind of person doesn't deserve to live in regular society.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  33. Terrence

    Although I don't condone his actions I do believe in second chances. He has paid his debt and more. We must remember we all make mistakes.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  34. Kelly

    I hate what he did. "It's dispicable but, he never made any excuses, he's taken his licks, now he neeeds to get on with his life.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  35. Becca

    Vick doesn't deserve house arrest. His sentence was light to begin with and he should have to serve it all in prison. He didn't give his dogs a break, so why should he get one? I hope the NFL does not give him a second chance.
    If he wants a second chance to prove he's changes, let him do a job that involves long hours of hard labor somewhere for minimum wage. He is not the type of person who should be a role model for others. He is a sick person. People who harm animals also harm people.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  36. Social Justice Teacher

    House arrest? Seriously?

    May 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  37. kaitlyn

    i think m.vick should stay behind bars and finish his sentence. he harmed innocent animals. he is the kind of person that gives breeds of dogs like the pitbull, boxer, and rotteilers, the bad name they have had over many years.
    sure if you give him a second chance than do that, but don't allow him near more innocent animals. for him to serve his remaining time he has to help out at the humane society, if it was me, i'd slam the door in his face.
    i can't even word how disguested i am that the state would actually allow him work with animals.
    a lot of people deserve a second chance, but when it comes to celebrities they could get away with murder if they had the right lawyers, look at OJ.
    m.vick doesn't deserve people's sympathy. he at first denied the chargers. he didn't want to own up to his stupid actions.
    they should of just put him in the cage that the poor animals had to fight in to "entertain" him and make him money, and see how he could handle it.
    being a pet owner and that of a rescue dog, i feel that anyone who harms an animal should be taken more seriously and not just brushed under the carpet. these people need to suffer the same way the animals do!

    May 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  38. deric

    I think Mike Vick should get another chance. He"s not the only person fights dogs, he's just the only one who got caught. I really think that if he was five shades lighter, that the public probably wouldn't have made that big of a deal

    May 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  39. Sharon, Santa Barbara CA

    Is such a fast rehabilitation possible? It is hard to believe that he regards animals any different. I would think what he has is a real character or personality defect. Usually people who torture animals end up torturing people. It think it is way too soon to trust him with animals, let alone kids.
    I certainly wouldn't want to leave him alone with my dog or child.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  40. Bonnie

    I think Michael Vick also deserves an opportunity to change, and I hope he will make good on his efforts, i.e., working with kids involved in dog fighting. I know most of his dogs were rehabilitated and given better lives. Maybe he can be rehabiliated. Good luck. I hope his efforts are sincere, not surface.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  41. Diane

    The systematic torture of dogs for 5 or more years is not a "mistake"; it's symptomatic of a sociopathic personality that won't have changed from serving 2 years in prison.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  42. Terry, TX

    It's not my call regarding time served....yes celebrities in general are not treated like the general public. We see that all the time. However every time I see him I think of those poor animals. Suffice it to say....should he get to play football. I won't be watching him.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Annie Kate

    House arrest is not as good by far than time served in jail. I think Vick should have to stay in jail the whole time- no house arrest. Its just for 23 months – that's nothing or sure close to it. If he were anyone but a sports star he'd not have the option of house arrest. He should have to serve just like everyone else would have to.

    May 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  44. david,san gabriel,ca

    yes he does deserve a second chance. we make mistakes and learn to make ourselves better or not. We cannot toss out any hope of him finding himself and being a plus to his community. i got a second chance, I kept a job 11 yrs, made inventory control supervisor. I run my bbq-caterring service now. in L.A. county jail I earned a G.E.D. then a High School Diploma In L.A. county jail. then I later attended, vocational school. i have been sober since dec 17,1997. and most precious of all to me. I have my wife, three sons and a home for now to be thankful for a second chance.

    May 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  45. JC-Los Angeles

    I'm sure he would fit in nicely on Capitol Hill or Wall Street.

    May 19, 2009 at 9:36 pm |