Michael Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison on dog fighting charges, now owns a dog yet again which he confirmed Thursday. Vick is using this dog to show people that he is capable of “breaking the cycle.” Vick said “To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
Of course many are firing at Vick for his decision to own a dog. Vick prepared a statement saying, “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. 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.”
Michael Vick has since worked to improve his reputation in the animal community. Since his release from prison, he has collaborated with The Humane Society to speak out against animal cruelty. He also has made appearances at schools and spoken to students about the dangers of getting involved in dog fighting.
However, many still strongly believe that Vick has no business owning another dog no matter how involved in animal rights he may be. He was banned from owning a dog until completing his probation period. Of course when rumors spread that the Eagle’s quarterback had shown interest in buying one, it sparked an uproar. Animal rights activists were rightly enraged at decision.
After a loss on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick was asked if he owned a dog. Vick replied, “No comment…it’s not a story.”