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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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226.

nancy    

Seriously, someone would let this loser have a dog? The only reason he isn't still into dog-fighting is because he got caught. And that's the only reason he was sorry. He's pathetic and shame on the NFL for letting him back in the game.

652 days ago
227.

nancy    

Giving him a dog is like giving a pyro-maniac a book of matches. He's a waste of space on our earth. No one that does something like he did could ever be sorry enough. The only thing he's remorseful about is that he got caught.

652 days ago
228.

LLowe    

First let me state for any of you who feel Vick has paid his debt....NOT! He was convicted and served time for illegal dog fighting and money laundering NOT ANIMAL CRUELTY, a debt still owed. And giving Vick a dog, is like giving a pedophile a child, just plain wrong. Once a POS always a POS.

651 days ago
229.

samj530    

http://www.examiner.com/article/michael-vick-rises-again

Enough said!!!

651 days ago
230.

jonathan    

If ***s like Harvey are allowed to adopt kids, Vick should be allowed to own a dog. It's also funny how white people have no problem with shooting unarmed black people, but have ridiculous compassion for animals. F a Pit Bull.

651 days ago
231.

sugarsmom    

NO NO NO NO, not now, not ever! He's only sorry he got caught, I'm sure he'd still be doing it. He only realized when he was in prison that it was wrong, really? Seven years of that crap and you only realized it was wrong when you were in prison? NO NO NO NO NO not now, not ever!

651 days ago
232.

Lisa     

Are people INSAINE? Despite his "Upbringing" he INFLICTED intentional TORTURE of dogs. Not just FIghting. I cannot even repeat or type. Do your research. I wouldn't have him care for a Fish. Do you think pedophiles should be given a second chance and given a child? He should be BANNED for LIFE from "Owning" any living being. He heard their cries when he slammed them to the ground. He heard them scream and saw the pain in their eyes. HE KEPT doing it until he was CAUGHT. ARe people INSAINE who think he has been "cured" and should care for a dog.

651 days ago
233.

Jezzicho    

My friend actually sold him fish at the Petco he worked at in Philly...said Vick used to come in all the time. (BTW, yes, they were in fact fighting fish). From everything he told me though, he just seemed like a laid back guy, but everytime he went there his girls would run to the puppies and beg to get one and he had to say no...I'm not saying pity the guy, it's ****ed up what he did...but at the same time, after having heard that story a dozen times, I highly doubt the dog is for him in the first place.

651 days ago
234.

robin mccaffry    

for all those morons that think vick is a great guy.....google "michael vick and the little red dog"......then tell me this is a normal human being.......

651 days ago
235.

robin mccaffry    

NO NO NO....this monster did NO time for animal abuse, his time was for illegal betting. He should never be allowed to own animals.....if his children want to know the joy of owning a dog, they should get a new dad....this one strangles and electrocutes animals....god forbid he ever goes nuts on his kids and wife or society....killing animals are the beginning of a serial killer.....

651 days ago
236.

SusanAnimalAdvocate    

What a travesty. This support for a man WHO NEVER said i'm sorry. you want to know what this s*** bag truly did? Read the Lost Dogs. You will never feel the same way about him again.

651 days ago
237.

Barb A    

And would it be OK for a pediophile to work in a daycare, as long as they have served their time? I bet a lot of parents would be fine with that, too!

651 days ago
238.

Marilyn    

If it were up to me, I would take all of vick's (he doesn't deserve the capital V) dogs place them in a pen, smear dog food all over vick, place him in the middle and let the dogs maul him until there was nothing left for them to eat! He and his family don't deserve the unconditional love a dog gives.

651 days ago
239.

Thatchersmom    

A piece of garbage is a piece of garbage no matter how you twist or turn it. This man is a monster and a menace to society! Leopards DO NOT change their spots and he doesn't deserve to own a slimy earthworm, no less a dog! What's next? Are we going to allow Jerry Sandusky to adopt an 8 year old?!! WTF is wrong with people?!!! I hope the biggest, baddest defensive lineman gets a hold of him and breaks his f-in neck! Then, and only then, will he ever be able to comprehend the pain and suffering he inflicted on those beautiful dogs he mamed and killed Oh, and by the way- for those so blindly supporting this monster by saying he served his time- NO HE DID NOT!!! He served jailtime for interstate gambling/racketeering. NOT ONE DAY was served for abusing or killing those dogs! NOT ONE!!!!! Wake up and do your research before throwing your support to someone who does not deserve it! Rot in hell Vick, rot in hell!!!!!.

651 days ago
240.

sue    

Not having a dog will be far less traumatic & 'unfair' (to paraphrase his whinging) on Vick's kids' than the suffering he is capable of inflicting upon any dog he owns. I can't understand how anyone can think it is ok for this man to 'own' a dog. He should NOT be allowed this opportunity. IF he wasn't given the opportunity to show that he is capable of proving his critics wrong by not having a dog, his kids would still have the chance to spend time with other people's dogs - just without their father being present - which is the same situation millions of kids are in because their parents don't want a dog. Weigh this against the fact that if he proves his defenders wrong the dog (or dogs) which fall victim to him would suffer terrible, agonisingly painful trauma. It's a very simple equation with one extremely obvious conclusion.

650 days ago
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