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Michael Vick wants to own a dog

Michael Vick, who was banned by the judge who sentenced him on dog fighting charges from owning another dog while on probation, says he misses being a dog owner and would like to have one as a pet someday.

“My daughters miss having one [a family dog], and that’s the hardest thing: Telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.” – Michael Vick

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The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, interviewed by NBC News and the website, said he and his family miss having a dog. He said he wants to show people that he can be a responsible pet owner and that he would not take the opportunity for granted.

“I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” Vick said, according to NBC News and The full interview was scheduled to be shown on on Wednesday.



“I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

As part of Vick’s court-ordered probation, he is specifically prohibited from buying, selling or owning a dog.

 On Tuesday at a Philadelphia-area charter school, where Vick was speaking out against dog fighting, he was asked if he would return to the Eagles next season – referring to his lack of a contract past 2010, in addition to the nebulous Collective Bargaining Agreement still in negotiations with the 2011 NFL season in jeopardy.

 ”I would hope so,” Vick said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “A lot of things have to happen. A lot of things have to take place. … But hopefully I’m a Philadelphia Eagle next season.”

 Vick has led the Eagles to a share of the NFC East division lead and resurrected a career many thought was all but over after he went to federal prison for funding a dog fighting ring. The operation trained pit bulls to fight and killed dogs that did not perform well in training sessions. Vick told NBC News and that he wants to show that that part of his past is behind him.

 ”I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding,” Vick said in the interview. “If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: Telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions,” Vick said in the interview.

As a friend of mine commented, “That’s like giving frequent flyer miles to the Taliban!” Stick to making it work on the field – and don’t push your luck there, Michael Vick!

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In response to “Michael Vick wants to own a dog”

  1. Dave Dec 15 20108:47 pm


    I can certainly understand why the judge made that a no-no, and it sounds like Vick does too. Kind of weird that he wants one. On the one hand, I can understand where he’s coming from… on the other, I’d be surprised if he’s ever allowed to own one again, and for good reason.

    1. Christopher Rowe Dec 15 201010:46 pm


      Well I suppose it depends on how many hands one has upon which to offer opinions. One one hand, violent criminals who have committed crimes against children are required to notify neighbors and register with authorities when they reside in a community. How many places would actually send a pooch home with Michael Vick?

      1. Dan Rakusan Dec 16 20102:03 pm


        Why does everyone feel the need to parallel the Vick situation with people who are pedophiles. It’s totally not in the same ballpark. Vick killed a few dogs. People need to get over it. The sentence itself was too harsh, and considering they bred dogs in their operation offsets the ones they killed.

        This is getting to be old news very quickly!

        1. Christopher Rowe Dec 16 20109:34 pm


          Dan, it’s merely an example to illustrate a point of view. Nothing more.

          1. Dan Rakusan Dec 16 20109:53 pm

            Christopher – in fairness, it’s a disgusting example. It belittles the severity of child abuse. Dog abuse? Meh, ranks right up there with stuff like credit card fraud and stuff in my opinion… I simply know too many people who were abused as children, so I have strong opinions on things like that. Plus, I hate dogs.

        2. Didi Dalton Sep 20 20154:44 pm


          Just read your response regarding Michael Vicks punishment for JUST killing a few dogs. It is people like you who have that mentality about animals that is scary. He doesn’t deserve to ever have an animal in his home. Nor do you by the sound of your remark.

  2. Kevin Dec 16 20101:49 pm


    Dude. You need to not run that picture of the dog anymore.

  3. Glenn Stants Dec 16 20103:03 pm


    There is never and will never be a comparison between human life and animal life, I don’t care what anyone has to say. Remember in the blog Vick says a ‘family dog’ and clearly in my mind a pit-bull is not a ‘family dog’. In any event, a very disturbing picture of a fighting dog/pit bull and I agree that Vick was used as an example and the penalty he faced was way too harsh. The positive is Vick did what he had to do and seems like he has come back a better person for it and going with the system. interesting….

    1. Cynaera Dec 16 20106:06 pm


      “There is never and will never be a comparison between human life and animal life, I don’t care what anyone has to say.”

      You’re entitled to your own beliefs. However, your statement is chilling. If someone were to take your family pet and use it as a bait dog, I assume you’d be all right with it because it’s not a HUMAN life. The fact that it breathes, loves, feels pain and joy – those qualities don’t matter one whit to you? Also – you say a pit-bull is not a “family dog.” That statement is completely biased and false. A pit-bull is like any other dog. A dog becomes a danger based on how it is treated and trained, not on its breed. I agree with you – I think Vick WAS used as a high-profile example, with good reason. I feel the penalty he faced was absolutely just. And yes, he “did what he had to do,” but I still feel that the ONLY reason he jumped through the hoops was because he had to. It wasn’t because he felt any remorse or suddenly developed a conscience. Time will tell.

      1. Dan Rakusan Dec 16 20106:14 pm


        Who are you to say a dog “loves”? They stick around with people because we FEED them! Get over yourself…

  4. Cynaera Dec 16 20105:54 pm


    This is a load of bull. He’s whining because his barbaric actions caused him to forfeit his right to own a pet. As far as I’m concerned, he hasn’t proven himself trustworthy, and anyone who gave him a dog would be doing a huge disservice to everyone who’s ever taken action against animal cruelty. Let him have one of those toy walking cats. His kids can wait until they’re old enough to get their own pets.

    1. Dan Rakusan Dec 16 20106:00 pm


      He has proven himself in every way! He is not court-ordered to work with the Humane Society. He is not mandated to talk to kids. He does those things because he’s reformed. Get over it! I’d love to run a dog over in your name!

      1. RVilla Sep 10 20133:42 pm


        Just proves what a sick-o you are. Run a dog over just because you are mad at a person. That’s sound thinking to take it out on the dog. What a low life you are. Animals feel pain you dork.

  5. Joseph Hopkins Dec 17 20102:04 am


    He’d regret it if he did get one. It would just stir up another media storm. He and his family would also get hassled everytime they would be seen walking it. Not worth the troubles.

    I’d just get a cat.

    1. Christopher Rowe Dec 18 20105:55 pm


      Sure lots of other pet options for the Vick house… cat, hamster, ferret, tarantula, rabbit, guinea pig, tropical fish… Pet Rock is always nice!

  6. medical coder Jan 14 20114:47 am


    Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

  7. Steve Massey Sep 13 201311:14 am


    Great job, Chris, and still garnering comments after almost 3 years.

    I was as fascinated by Mike’s misfortune and legal troubles as anyone else at the time of his fall and return to the league.

    He’s become a pretty good QB and I think he will thrive in the new up-tempo gig.

    As far as the dog-fighting business, I said from the beginning that it would be interesting to see if he still works with the Humane Society after he’s retired and football no longer has anything to offer him. I’m not saying he’s not sincere, just that given the same circumstance, I would have done anything to return to and remain in the league.

    I wouldn’t remove the photo either, but I might put the disclaimer/warning a little higher up.

    Great job staying professional amid the heated comments.

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