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It’s Confirmed: Michael Vick Has a New Dog

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:45pm

It’s confirmed: Michael Vick has a new dog. To truly become a model of the type of behavior Vick wishes to teach his children—that animals deserve to be treated with compassion and respect—Vick should take the opportunity to “break the cycle” and “be an instrument of positive change” by expressing remorse about the dogs he brutalized and killed with his own hands. This is something that we’ve never heard him do publically.

Because of this, we have serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet owner. We can only hope that he will set the right example for his children by teaching them to foster humane habits and a lifelong bond with their family pet. 

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Jamie

ASPCA - Thank you for your comment. Vick has never made me feel like he was sorry for anything except getting caught.

Carol Voss

is that any shelter or organization that would adopt any animal out to the likes of Michael Vick should be stringently reviewed by the authorities. Money and privilege sadly have a way of circumventing justice, and it seems that in this case they have circumvented common sense as well. I'd like, for example, to see what kind of "adoption fee" (read: bribe) was paid for this very sweet looking dog. On the one hand, I don't think Michael should be allowed anywhere near animals.

I think that the idea of depriving Vick's children of the joys of pet ownership is sad, though: Why should the children pay for the sins of the father? The only way I would see Michael Vick's owning a dog as even remotely feasible is if the local animal welfare authorities paid frequent, unannounced, spot checks on the animal and how the family is relating to him/her, but even that would be subject to too much "wiggle room" to satisfy me that the dog is indeed in a loving home. And if anything happens to disrupt the integrity of that home, say, a divorce, the dog should go with the ex wife and kids and not left in the hands of Mr. Vick.

Actually, I always thought that a suitable post-incarceration community service sentence would entail Mr. Vick cleaning shelter cages for at least eight hours every single day off that he has from his overpaid and overhyped job as a professional football player, for maybe, say, the next fifteen years or so. Preferably, without gloves. He can fund raise for animal welfare agencies by signing over a portion of his overinflated salary to them for the balance of his professional football career. There is no need to make him a spokesman against animal abuse and dog fighting. This lout doesn't deserve a public spotlight, even if he claims to have repented of his heinous treatment of animals.

Sandie

May he experience the unconditional love dogs give and never forget the torture he put them thru.

Barbi

What murdering scum deserves a second chance?!! It's shamefule that the courts allowed him to get away without agreeing to NEVER own another animal of any sort. IS anyone watching him? Can anyone force him to prove the health and welfare of the dog on a weekly basis? Maybe he'll volunteer to let photographers document the dogs condition weekly?daily? Do we know that he only owns 1 dog?

Ann

I think he should use this as a good teaching moment for his children. "Hey, kids, sorry you can't have a dog, but that's what happens when you torture and kill dogs and are sent to prison. Don't do what daddy did and then when you're older you can get yourself your own pet."

Daisey's Mom

If anyone,famous or not,is convicted of animal cruelty,they should never be allowed to own an animal ever again.Then if Michael Vick's children ask why they can't have a dog as a pet, he can tell them it's because he used to kill them for "fun".

Debbie

In other news Jerry Sandusky will be allowed visits from underage boys while serving time in prison.

samantha

WHO EVER PUT THAT BLOG ABOUT TEACHING THERE CHILDREN TO TREAT DOGS WITH RESPECT MY COUSIN WOULD NEVER RESPECT HIS DOG WALLIE AND HE IS PIT BULL AND HALF LABUDAR AND HE RESPECTS HIM NOW

Renee Dunaway

I know that HSUS has publicly supported his future owning of a pet for years, but I've volunteered at enough shelters to know how strict the reputable ones are to adopt out dogs. For goodness sake, I've seen wonderful families turned down because they don't have a fenced in yard, or because they would only get a dog walker and not doggie daycare. What shelter in their right mind would adopt a dog to Michael Vick? What reputable breeder? I can only imagine he got it from a backyard breeder, a pet store, or HSUS. Any info?

Sue

He doesn't get it, a dog is propery. I have two rescue dogs that are now my kids with paws, they came from abuse and neglect and are the best dogs. All it took was love and patience. Grady still puts his head down when I have to put on his orange scarf to go for a run, because of hunting, I think it reminds him of someone putting things over his head and around his neck that were not good, other than that we overcame the hunger, the, my hand is to pet not to hurt and the I am never going to leave you for long periods of time, unless I have good back up. There is NO excuse for what he did and don't ever tell me he did not know it was wrong. Justice would have been having him live the life of one of his dogs. Did this guy have any sort of EDUCATION!!!

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