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Vick comes to SD to play, but refuses to visit former dog

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The Chargers host the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, and that means Michael Vick is coming to San Diego. He'll face our team, but he won't face his past.

A local woman who is caring for one of Vick's rescued dogs has asked Vick to stop by and see the animal.

"A dog that's being electrocuted and hung and slammed to the ground is not going to be silent, they're going to be making noise and in fear and pain, and the other dogs could hear them and that effected them," Nicole Rattay of Just a Dog Pit Bull Rescue said.

Those horrific conditions are what four-year-old Iggy lived in for the first half of his life, tied up in the woods along with 65 other pit bulls on the sprawling Virginia estate owned by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

"I think you can't move on from something like that until you acknowledge your victims," Nicole said.

For the last year and a half, Nicole has been fostering Iggy since he was rescued from the illegal dog fighting operation Vick admitted he organized and ran for six years.

He served two years in prison and has now been conditionally reinstated into the NFL. In a "60 Minutes" interview earlier this year, Vick said he was remorseful.

"It was wrong, I feel tremendous hurt behind what happened and I should've taken the initiative to stop it and I didn't," Vick said.

Now the Pacific Beach resident is demanding his actions speak louder than his words

"We've made an offer to Michael Vick to come to see his former dog Iggy in Iggy's new world and new life," Nicole said.

So far, the Vick camp has not responded to the offer.

"I think it speaks to his sincerity,  and I think it speaks to his credibility to make amends," Nicole said.

While has stepped out as an anti-dog fighting ambassador for the Humane Society, one look at Iggy's skiddish nature and trembling frame tells the story of just how much damage was done.

With high expectations from the league and the public, Rattay says only time will tell if Vick can rehabilitate his image and be a role model.

"I think it would be a good step toward the healing process for everyone, including the dogs, including himself," Nicole said.

Vick declined a similar invitation from a Bay Area pit bull rescue group while he was in Oakland playing the raiders this year.

News 8 tried to contact Vick's agent, but he did not return our calls.

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