Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2007]
Origins: Michael Vick, quarterback of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, has been the subject of extensive news coverage (and public opprobrium) since he was indicted in July 2007 on charges related to his alleged participation in a dogfighting ring that executed underperforming pit bulls by hanging, electrocution, drowning, shooting, and other brutal means. The fallout
Widely publicized tragic events are often followed by a cycle of tasteless jokes (also known as "sick humor") that use those events as fodder for humor. The image displayed above is an example of that phenomenon, a purported advertisement from the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) thanking Michael Vick for his assistance in finding homes for pit bulls displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The image itself is just a crude digital mock-up, and the Virginia Beach SPCA confirms that it did not engage in dealings with Michael Vick to help place animals rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
Newberry, Paul. "Quarterback Loses Endorsements." Contra Costa Times. 28 July 2007.