Skip to comments.Michael Vick acknowledges he's a dog owner
Posted on 10/13/2012 8:39:28 AM PDT by ColdOne
(CNN) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison for bankrolling a deadly dogfighting ring, now has a dog.
"I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," he said in a statement released Thursday. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals."
He added that "our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family."
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Right Mike!! We believe. You’ve seen the light!! /s
As a dog owner I truly hope Vick has realized what a horrific thing he did to those dogs...people change..i hope he has..but, I think the humane Society, or some group should check on his pet from time to time to make sure it’s cared for...
So what did he get?
A pit pull or a poodle?
Ack. Pit Bull, not Pit Pull. Sheesh.
Good for Michael Vick!
Now he can have Obama over for dinner.
I’m curious about which breed he chose for his new pet.
Not all pit bulls are bad, I don’t think. We have 2 or 3 that play at the doggie park with my dogs. They seem friendly and playful—but I think all of the doggie owners are keeping their eyes on them just in case...I know I am when they are playing with one of my dogs.
I think it a bit odd that the article didn’t mention the breed of his new dog........
Child abusers and molesters aren't allowed around kids, why is this POS allowed around dogs?
He had spoken openly about wanting to own a dog and in July told CNNs Piers Morgan that he did not want to deprive his daughters from having the pet because of his crimes. Asked what kind of dog he would get, Vick said that he would allow his children to choose, but it certainly wont be a pit bull.
This dog is a member of his family. That doesn’t stop him from thinking that dog fighting is fun and a proper sport for a man, any more than a criminal who loves his mother or his brothers feels any compunction against assaulting and robbing those outside his circle.
Thanks for the reply. I was curious—but to be honest, it certainly isn’t any of my business...........
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A dog can be one of the very best teachers, who can show you yourself better than most skilled psychotherapists.
If he has not already, perhaps, with his family's love and example, he will learn what so many others understand.
wow how cynical are you? I guess you don’t believe in redemption and having a second chance. Everything that this man has done after coming out of prison (the time served for his crime) has shown that he indeed has had a change of heart.
I am so glad that you lead such a perfect life
“A dog can be one of the very best teachers, who can show you yourself better than most skilled psychotherapists”.
That is a true statement provided your aren’t a sociopath. Sorry... but Vick proved himself a cruel person by what he did previously. He didn’t participate in a one time only dog fight. He organized, financially supported and fully participated in an ongoing breeding/dog fighting/execution of numerous dogs. Over and over... this was his fun time. A hobby. Anyone that could throw a defenseless puppy or small breed dog into a ring for a larger dog to rip apart as part of “training”... is beyond self redemption. He’s beyond psychiatric help as well. IMHO.
child molesters do not have changes of heart....
Mike Vick’s abuse of dogs was a cultural stupidity inculcated by a segment of society that thinks things like cock fighting and dog fighting is acceptable. That is what he grew up with. It is who he WAS. He has since shown that after serving time for his crime he indeed has changed.
Good for mike Vick. I hope he and his family enjoy their pet for years to come
Vick may have proved himself cruel but that does NOT make him a sociopath....a term you are quick to throw around.
And I am so happy to know that you can tell whether a man has had a change of heart and is grateful for a second chance. Always good to know that God walks amongst us
You can defend Vick all day. You can blame it all on the fact he was a poor child. However, let’s look at the facts. He may have been poor but he did have two working parents. He got a full scholarship to VT. He went to the NFL with a multi-million dollar contract. He participated in every aspect of dog fighting for over five years. In fact, he was living in a multi-million dollar mansion while doing these horrific deeds. He didn’t have “a change of heart”. He was arrested and prosecuted... that isn’t a change of heart. He’d still be doing this stuff today if he didn’t almost lose his precious NFL career. Any person that could do the things he did shouldn’t be anywhere near a dog. If he was truly “grateful” for a second chance, he wouldn’t have gotten a dog. That shows extreme arrogance and conceit. Have a nice day.
I dunno...Pit Pull could be a whole new breed...put ‘em in a pit and watch ‘em pull the walls down and go after the bettors...
Prisons are full of folks who have “seen the light and the errors of their ways,” long enough to get parole and continue a life of crime.
Few are truly “reformed.”
I agree with you.
What a load of BULLSHIT! We can use your same reasoning to explain why there were always blacks selling other blacks to the white slave traders. They weren't wrong at all, they were just "inculcated by a segment of society" that things like that were OK.
Aside from what Vick did to his OWN dogs, people lost their pets to this asshole. He created a market for kidnapped kittens, cats, puppys and dogs he bought from other lowlife scum so his dogs could "train".
He's a POS. Stick him in the jungle where HE's part of the food chain.
I’m not going to hold what he did against him. He was raised in a certain fashion and wasn’t taught otherwise.
He is showing a willingness to repent and we have to allow him the chance to be repentent. That is part of the Christian ethic.
He says that the dog is well cared for and it probably is. He wants his children to be on a different path than he was on.
That’s good enough for me.
Vick should NEVER be allowed to own a dog again with his history of dog fighting.
I’m with momtothree and Slump Tester on this.
Anybody who can kill dogs in the horrific ways that he did and all for the fun of it may say he has changed but he hasn’t. He will always be capable of committing the same form of abuse.
Most alcoholics I know don’t want to ever drink again so they don’t put themselves in a position to do so. They stay out of bars and don’t spend time with folks who are drinking.
Vick making a issue of pointing out he didn’t get a pit bull is proof ha hasn’t lost the fever. I have seven dogs, one of which is a pit and he is as big a part of the family as the others. We and our guests don’t treat him any differently than we treat the other dogs. He is just a dog not a wreaking machine like the pit haters lie about them.
I personally still think Vick is a POS.
Very true...I support a group called “Best Friends”...they took in several of Vick’s dogs...a few had to be put down from injuries....most have been adopted out....
All I see with this story is he's kissing up to the camera. Once scum, always scum.
May his name be forgotten.
Fixed that for ya.
Question, i thought as a term of his probation he was never allowed to have dogs?
“has shown that he indeed has had a change of heart.”
The bad PR affected his multi-million dollar football paychecks.
You’re right..he’s not stupid.
He’s cleverly now cast himself as a spokesman for animal rights and ‘redeemed’ himself in the eyes of the blind.
He hasn’t donated a single dime to Dog Town, who took in his brutalized beasts and spent a fortune in time and money to rehab them.
Wayne Gacy should’ve been half as clever and become a children’s advocate.
No he hasn’t had any change of heart, he got caught. He needed rehabilitation so he could resume his football career.
what he did to dogs is unforgivable...forever. Just me though.
My dad was a long time prison guard.
He said “jailhouse conversions” were hardly ever worth the spit it took to claim them.
It’s all about the parole board.
That’s what the article says. I guess some animals are more equal than others.
And that’s the truth. No glossing it over, no excuses. They are clever enough to do what is necessary to get out on the streets, and if the parole board falls for the stories, it is their responsibility.
Not just you.
This is a public suck up scam.
So, when was his “epiphany”?
Did somebody show him photos of all his dead and mutilated dogs and he puked, cried and repented of his sins?
If that was in the news, I missed it.
Ironically, those who worship the false idol of football will be the first to ‘forgive’ him.
He’s a great player...sadistic brutality be damned.
[consider the Sandusky/Joe Paterno “protests”. To hell with all those abused kids, we gotta win the pennant!]
Dad said some of the most brilliant, charming and talented men you’d ever want to meet were behind bars...and they should stay there forever.
Villainy wears no deadlier guise than that of Virtue.
By the way before the dog scandal remember twice during a game he flipped off the crowd and walked off the field.
He didn’t have morals then and now he doesn’t either. It is all for the football career.
A prime example is a pedophile...they should never, EVER be released. Hardened criminals are clever, and will do what they need to in order to be released.
Sometimes, political correctness is worse than war.
Prepare to have your mind blown.
I spent 5 years enduring a pedophile uncle.
Don’t ask what I think should be done to them.
For me what he did to dogs can never be forgiven.
I know it is mind blowing.
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