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« on: August 30, 2007, 03:10:54 pm »

Dog mauls autographed Vick ball

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Boy feeds autographed Vick ball to his dog

Vick was once the boy's favorite sports star

Chewed-up ball is for sale on eBay, proceeds going to charity

"I'm really proud of him," his dad says




     
(CNN) -- When young Tyler Reab got his autographed Michael Vick football for Christmas in 2005, he was shaking with excitement. Who knew it would end like this: his pet dog, Otis, munching on the once-cherished ball until it popped, its slobbery remnants hawked on eBay.




Otis tears into the autographed Michael Vick football.

 But that's just what has happened in the aftermath of Vick's guilty plea to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. Tyler ultimately chose man's best friend over his once favorite sports star.

"From the beginning, it was his choice as to what he wanted to do with it," his father Chris Reab told CNN.com. "I commend him."

Tyler of Corvallis, Oregon, and his uncle, Jason Cripe, shot I-Report video in which Otis is fed the ball. The black, 1-year-old mixed breed is skeptical at first, but quickly warms to the football, walking around with it in his mouth.  Watch Otis munch on Vick ball

"Get it, get it," Tyler says in the video, as he and his uncle laugh with glee.

Otis eventually chews it so hard the ball deflates.

Cripe says he gave the ball to his nephew as a Christmas present. It came in a clear case and it soon became the boy's "prized possession." Tyler, now 13, often used Windex to buff up the case, giving it a spit-clean shine.

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But after the recent turn of events with Vick, the boy decided to get rid of it. After all, everyone in the Reab house loves animals and there was no place for Vick anymore, his dad said.

The chewed-up football is selling on eBay with a starting bid of 99 cents. The family has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Oregon Humane Society and Hope for Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect Oregon's after-school programs.


"I'm really proud of him," the father said of his son.

It's just the latest fallout from the Vick dogfighting scandal. One woman paid $7,400 for dog-chewed Vick football cards. And in Atlanta, Georgia, where Vick was the star quarterback for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, one dog shelter has used Vick jerseys to clean out kennels.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/08/30/dog.vickball/index.html
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