When the bright red jerseys with the bold No. 7 started arriving in the mail, staffers at the Atlanta Humane Society were a bit surprised.
Today, however, about a dozen Atlanta Falcons football jerseys bearing the name and number of quarterback Michael Vick have been put to good use – as animal bedding or, even more likely, rags to scrub up the mess that dogs leave behind.
“Kind of appropriate,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, of the jerseys that have been mailed to the shelter since Vick was indicted last month on federal dogfighting charges.
Atlanta Humane Society spokeswoman P.J. Smith said many of the jerseys were accompanied with financial contributions to the society and letters of outrage over the charges.