ATLANTA (AP) — Number seven jerseys used to be a hot item for Michael Vick fans. Now the shirts have literally gone to the dogs at the Atlanta Humane Society.
About a dozen of the jerseys have arrived at the animal shelter since Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges last month. A spokeswoman for the Humane Society says staffers were surprised when the jerseys began coming in the mail, often accompanied with financial donations and letters of outrage over the charges against Vick.
The spokeswoman says the jerseys are being used just like any other donation of a blanket or towel — as bedding or to clean up animal poop. The president of the Humane Society of the United States says that's "kind of appropriate."
But the jersey still apparently has some fans. The Atlanta chapter's spokeswoman says one puppy has grown "quite attached" to the jersey lining his kennel. She says it's his “security blanket.”