City Removes Vick-Choking-Puppy Mural From Philly Store

“Die puppies die” painting displayed on city tire shop

By Teresa Masterson
|  Sunday, Aug 30, 2009  |  Updated 11:57 AM CDT
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City Removes Vick-Choking-Puppy Mural From Philly Store

Katrina Ohstrom

Michael Vick mural

As if drenching people with beer and punching them out for no reason wasn’t enough to class up Philly’s already-shining sports reputation this summer, a local tire shop displayed a mural of new-to-the-Eagles Michael Vick killing a dog. The dog was wearing a Cowboys jersey. 

A photo of the mural was first spotted by the700level.com on flickr. The title of the photo was “die puppies die,” a play on the Eagles fight song “Fly Eagles Fly.”

The painting, which clearly approves of Vick’s violent past as long as it helps the Eagles’ future, was displayed on the side of the Kensington shop "Tire 'R' Us" located on York Street, between American and 2nd Thursday.

By Friday morning the city had painted over the mural.

The city’s “graffiti abatement team” removed the painting because there was no permit for the mural, said Andrew Stober in the mayor’s office of transportation and utilities. Permits are needed for murals on any buildings in the city, he said.

The manager of the building gave the “OK” to paint over the mural, said Stober, but Stober would not comment on who put it up or if there were any complaints about it.

We’re hoping the rest of the country doesn’t see this as a representation of all Philly sports fans. For starters, most of us wouldn't name our shop "Tire 'R' Us."

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