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Michael Vick

Yeah, We Have a Dog

10/11/2012 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Vick
has finally said squarely ... his family does indeed have a dog.

There's been a lot of controversy over whether Vick -- who served hard time for brutally killing multiple dogs, should own one again.

Vick says, "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet.  As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals."

Vick goes on, "I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect.  Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family."

Vick continues, "This is an opportunity to break the cycle.  To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."

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196.

mariposa171    

what about the court order for him never to have another animal?? Can we all just disregard court orders now?

744 days ago
197.

Riyeko Lordaeron    

Why are you people voting that he SHOULD have a dog?
If he were any other person on the entire face of the earth that got charged with pit fighting animals, then they wouldnt ever be allowed to have pets again... and there are harsh, HARSH charges laid down in place to prevent someone that pit fights animals if they end up getting another dog.... or sometimes animal (which includes cats and everything else).

Just because Vick is a football star does NOT mean he should be given special treatment in these types of situations.
He fought, abused, and neglected multiple animals.
He should be held accountable just like any other person found guilty of such charges.

NO DOGS FOR VICK

744 days ago
198.

keke    

who`s the idiot gave him permission 2 have a dog? i no people will be upset about my comment,but he dont deserve any kind of animal not even a fish.people say a leopard cant change his spots & i believe that.he will go back 2 that lifestyle.oh yes he will.

744 days ago
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Brittney.Alexis    

I agree with "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.", but he should've thought about that before beating his previous dogs to death, electrocuting them, drowning them, etc...Read a book called "The lost dogs" by Jim Gorant & you'll know why this guy should never own any animal, whether it be a dog or a mouse, for the rest of his life...i'm surprised he even still HAS his family, he's lucky to have them still sticking around after what him & his posse's done. Unforgiveable.

744 days ago
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Patti B    

Did he have to explain to his children why he had to have permission to get a dog? Did he have to tell them the torture and pain that he put those dogs through, and how he personally tied them to a tree and beat them to death because they didn't "win" their fight? If not then he doesn't deserve to have any kind of pet in his home . One day those kids will learn what their father did to those dogs for money, fun, and entertainment, and they will see the monster he is!

744 days ago
201.

Sarah Dupont    

He should NEVER be able to own an animal. When people are sex offenders they are put on a list...same should go for folks who abuse animals. Makes me sick!

744 days ago
202.

Sapphiegirl    

"As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals" WHAT KIND OF HEALTHY RELEATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS WERE YOU PROMOTING TO YOUR FAMILY (ESPECIALLY YOUR KIDS) WHEN YOU WERE RUNNING A DOG FIGHTING RING AND VICIOUSLY BEATING DOGS TO DEATH AND FORCING THEM TO KILL EACH OTHER?

744 days ago
203.

Deweycheatemandhow    

Other jurisdictions MUST copy Suffolk County, NY (the eastern county of Long Island). It has the first Animal Abuser Registry in the country. Nassau County, NY (the Long Island county closest to NYC) has the first Animal Abuse Unit in a District Attorney's office in NY and one of the first, and possibly first, in the country. It wouldn;t have stopped this, of course, because the law is new and in fact, we are awaiting the first perp to be posted but it would prevent things like this.

744 days ago
204.

Sharon1826    

No, if it were you or me...we would not be allowed to own a dog after being convicted of Animal Abuse and other charges. Just because you do the time does not mean you are off the hook.

744 days ago
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Dreemie6    

Yes, he should be allowed to have a dog.... The children should not be denied the opportunity to have a family dog. The children should not be punished for what he has done. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and love pets.

744 days ago
206.

J. Jacks    

You got to be freakin kidding me!! And this is ok with the courts? EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH this dog very closely to make sure nothing evil happens. WILL BE SPREADING THIS NEWS THROUGH OUT THE DOG RESCUE COMMUNITY.

744 days ago
207.

Just1fan    

#don't hate the player, hate the game.

744 days ago
208.

Teresa    

I am appauled that Michael Vick would have the balls to get a dog. Where is his pr adviser on this. What an idiot. At the very least he should have to have supervised visits. Sorry for the kids, but your dad killed dogs, so you cant have one till you are an adult and out of the house. If he was an alcoholic they wouldn't keep booze in the house. Dah.

744 days ago
209.

tee    

it's not a big deal that mike has a dog. He done his time for the crime and besides it was something he had grew up doing along with other guys in his neighborhood people all over the country fight dogs and still do to this day along with **** fighting.

744 days ago
210.

Nauseated    

He did not want a dog for his kid but as a way to SPIT in everyone's face that he can be a psycho killer and get away with it. He DESERVES the same fate that he gave those dogs.

744 days ago
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