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Michael Vick to Adopt a New Dog? Not So Fast!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:30pm

It's true. We don't think Michael Vick would make a good doggie parent. The NFL superstar recently claimed on Piers Morgan Tonight that he's interested in getting a dog. Call us crazy, but we don't think it's a good idea. Far from it.

Despite spending 19 months in prison for running an illegal interstate dog fighting business, Vick hasn't expressed a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. And rather than talk about the horrors of dog fighting, he has consistently chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.

In a nutshell, his actions are self-serving. We've seen little remorse and even less compassion. And let's not forget, he caused unspeakable suffering to hundreds of innocent dogs. Frankly, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick's ability to be a responsible pet parent.

Don't you? 

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donna

ASPCA, Keep up the good work. Vick does not deserve ANY TYPE OF ANIMALl in his home, not just a dog. It is obvious he still does not respect animals. ASPCA, you keep fighting to protect animals, and I will keep sending you money. Thank you!

Tomma

By no means does that man deserve to have another animal in his care.He doesn't need another helpless victum to torture and destroy.Please don't let this happen!!!!

karen

He is talking about "getting" a dog, not adopting one. And as opposed as you, I, the ASPCA and millions of Americans may be, the three year prohibition on him owning a dog has expired. I think our opinions don't matter to him. What he really needs is some mentoring and guidance to be a good pet owner and example for his kids once he gets a dog.

Rachel

You're right. Even if he is denied by every shelter and rescue to adopt a pet, theres nothing stopping him from getting one from a breeder, who all to often, don't care what kind of home their animals go to as long as the check clears. So if he really wants a dog for his kids he will get one either way. And with all the whole country watching his every move, he wouldn't dare mistreat it. So why not encourage him to adopt instead of purchase one? And this way, it will be easier to keep tabs on the animal to make sure its ok. Home checks should be required, and Vick and his kids should all have to go to classes to learn proper training and disciplinary techniques. Plus, it would be a good way for them to bond and the trainer could monitor how well the dog is being treated.

Ashley

If vick had done the same thing to children instead of dogs, would they allow him to adopt or keep his children after he served time in prison? I doubt it. Dogs shouldn't be any different. He is a scumbag.

Tomma

By no means does that man deserve to have another animal in his care.He doesn't need another helpless victum to torture and destroy.Please don't let this happen!!!!

Tonya Brooks

NO!!! He doesn't have the love, patience or compassion to be a "pet parent". I think that he should never be allowed to pet let alone own an animal. What a disgusting person he is and no amount of talking is going to change my mind.

Brandi segraves

It would be a huge miscarriage of justice for the dogs. He should never be allowed to own a dog. It is obvious he cannot control himself. What message would be sent?

Jane Bright

No freaking way!!

If he wants to become a parent,volenteer at some shelter and rescues. Donate some money! As far as being a dog owner, he wasn't a responsible dog owner the first time around. I'm sorry but I would not be one bit surprised that he is still involved in dog fighting.

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