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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. 

What’s your opinion?

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margot

He should still be in prison

John

As much as I despise Michael Vick, and believe me, I do, I hate to see animals without a loving home. If he can truly provide a proper, loving for a pet, then that is one less dog in the shelter.
That said, I still enjoy watching him get his teeth knocked in every Sunday.

Dawn

The ASPCA having this concern is like the pot calling the kettle black. The ASPCA puts out heart string pulling commercials to get money from the public to help save pets. The APSCA is a kill shelter organization. Michael has admitted his wrongdoing and verbalizes he wants to do better. The world will be watching him. Who's watching the ASPCA to make sure they stop killing?

Karen Fries

This man should NEVER EVER own any type of animal...People don't just change...This is soooo wrong...

mary

Any person who could murder and brutalize ANYTHING, especially an animal that is known as man's best friend and wants nothing more to be loved and recognized by their master should not only NEVER be allowed to have any pets, but I also believe that a person like that shouldnt be allowed to be a "role model" for children, i.e, he shouldnt be allowed to play professional football. Debt to society repaid, but to the dogs? Some things can never be forgiven.

Newk

I find this to be a disturbing publicity stunt, attempting to put a brighter spin on his name because the dog torture conviction has not simply faded away as his handlers hoped it would. He got off with a very light sentence considering that he tortured and killed animals in extremely gruesome ways. No reasonable person could have mistaken these actions for anything other than torture. He knew he was torturing animals and he made the choice to do it. Is reform possible for an individual who has such a distorted personality that he or she is capable of torture? It seems unlikely to me. People like Vick are coached by marketing consultants to express remorse, and those lovely speeches are written for them by professional writers. In my opinion the NFL should have banned him for life. Instead, the message they sent to young people is that you can commit any kind of horrible crime and people will gloss over it as long as you're a football player.

Gail

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1561
NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who served 18 months in prison after a felony conviction in 2007 for his widely publicized involvement in dogfighting—including shooting, electrocuting, and hanging dogs who did not perform well in the ring—recently stated publicly that he wants to own a dog and believes it would be good for his rehabilitation process. His federal sentence included a three-year ban on the possession of a dog.

In this Q&A session, attorney Scott Heiser, director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program, answers some questions and provides some clarification relating to the current debate about whether Michael Vick should be allowed to own a pet dog.

I find the telling sentence to be "he thinks it would be good for HIS rehabilitation process". I fail to believe he is giving any consideration to the dog's needs. However, time will tell I just hope SOMEONE is keeping a VERY close eye on him and the dog.

mary

This man should never own a dog. What happens if the dog chews something and vic gets mad.. we aren't there to see behind his door.. if he was a reg person, not a eagles player/ millionair ,he would never get a chance to own any animals.. also the talks with city kids HE HAD TO DO IT. It wasn't out of shame for what he did.. also all the eagles fan support him.. and any commets bad or neg about him they attack you.. well let's see one of those eagles fans give there dog to vic!! U know that would never happen.. because he plays for a football team its ok.. its a shame.. the law should be the same for famous people.. they get away with mmurder..literally! Its a shame.. god will judge him one day.. who ever let him own a dog again must got paid or something.. no animal lover in there right mind would never give him animals again.. I guess u just have to love the usa!!!

ashley winters

i do not believe he should have another dog the dog is not safe in his care! i get wanting to get a dog for your children but he messed that up by killing and fighting dogs he had his chance and messed it up!

Cynthia

I understand the fact he may want to teach his children to respect animals, and even though he did his time, still doesn't make up for the pain and suffering his dogs went through. I don't even think he should of been allowed to go back to the NFL.. There are other ways to teach children how to respect animals, let them volunteer at some local shelters..............

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