• Animal advocates plan candlelight vigil for victims of Michael Vick

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    PITTSBURGH - A group of animal advocates are planning to hold a candlelight vigil “for the victims of Michael Vick” on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

    According to the Facebook group “Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Michael Vick,” the vigil is planned for 6 p.m. outside Heinz Field.


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    The group says they’ll gather near the Art Rooney statue at the south end of the stadium. An alternative location is on the sidewalk on the river side near the Mr. Rogers statue.

    “Please be respectful. We are honoring the dogs, not looking for confrontation with Steelers fans or police officers who are there to control crowds,” the Facebook group says.

    A woman who plans on attending the vigil told Channel 11 News that there are people all over the country participating in person or at home.

    As of 5 p.m. Monday, the Facebook group had more than 500 members -- with another 4,500 invitees.

    Gordon Shell announced on Facebook that he plans to attend the event.

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    Vick returned to football in 2009 after serving 18 months in prison for helping run an interstate dogfighting ring.

    Since his release from prison, Vick has advocated against organized animal fighting. Earlier this month, he said he can't take back what he did, but he's making up for it the best he can.

    The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers Thursday at Heinz Field in the team's final preseason game.

    The Black & Gold open the 2015 NFL season Thursday, Sept. 10 at the New England Patriots. It's a game you can watch ONLY on Channel 11 WPXI-TV!

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