Vick says he might get a dog

The ban on Michael Vick owning a dog expires this month. (AP photo)

The ban on Michael Vick owning a dog expires this month. (AP photo)

Michael Vick says he might be ready to be a dog owner again.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who was prohibited from owning a dog after his 2007 conviction for running a dogfighting ring, told CNN Tuesday he wants his children to be able to enjoy a pet dog.

The ban, which began when Vick was released from prison in 2009, expires this month.

“[The children] not being able to have a dog because of my acts, I just don’t think that’s fair,” he said.

The president of the Humane Society of the United States told the AJC in a 2010 interview that Vick should be allowed to own a dog some day.

“I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle said.

Vick said if he does get a dog, he’ll let the kids pick the breed. But he did rule out one dog.

“It certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull,” he said.

What’s your opinion? Is Vick a changed man or should he swear off dog ownership forever?

213 comments Add your comment

Ron

July 18th, 2012
8:45 pm

How many kids does he have and with how many women? I thought black fathers didn’t stick around?

Dog Lover

July 18th, 2012
8:45 pm

As a current owner of two beautiful rescued beagles and a lifetime dog lover, I can honestly say NO! NO! NEVER!!!!

Beau

July 18th, 2012
8:55 pm

Hey S – you posted a web site earlier for us to look at. Let me give you one. “Dog Bite Law Center” and a few quotes: “Among the deadliest and most vicious of all dog breeds with killer insticts originally bred to fight and kill other dogs, Pit Bulls are now widely popular as companion dogs, particularly in American cities. Their popularity is strange given their homicidal history and aggressive in-bred traits, but that is seemingly part of the appeal. ….this breed is variously cited as being responsible for nearly one third of all FATAL dog attacks in the US even though it makes up less than two percent of the dog population.” Get informed please.

My 2c

July 18th, 2012
9:01 pm

To me, allowing Vick to own a dog is like allowing a convicted pedophile to adopt children. Sorry for his kids, but no dog, and when they ask why, tell them the truth.

This is a an excellent time for Vick to show he has taken full responsibility for what he did and take the opportunity to teach his kids (and others) a valuable lesson. If Vick and the court system let this ride they are sending the wrong message to society.

Just as important, who is responsible if there should be recidivism on Vick’s part?

diane

July 18th, 2012
9:06 pm

Let Michael Vick get his dog. All he trying to do is ease his concious. Public opinion will never change and it will eat away like a cancer to his ego nd self worth. Let him get a dog let the media ignore him completely and with out celebrity recognition let him live his life and grow an old man who lost respect the one thing he craves.

urban redneck

July 18th, 2012
9:09 pm

let the man have a dog. he did his time.

and props to the ajc for lobbing a 45 mile an hour fastball right over the plate…..every single person that reads this article wants to put in their two cents. i’m going to go watch tv. there are way too many exclamation points and all caps in these comments; i don’t like being yelled at.

Dont give a Fu@k

July 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

Kiss Michael Vick A@@ and mine too!

leonard

July 18th, 2012
9:40 pm

He brutally executed a lot of dogs. By hanging them. By drowning them. By electrocuting them and by shooting them. And now he wants a dog as a pet? You’ve gotta be kidding me. If you think that’s reasonable you’re delusional. He says he “loves” dogs. That has to be the laugher comment of the century.

Johnjon

July 18th, 2012
9:41 pm

I don’t care how sorry he is……………. he shouldn’t be able to own another dog.

not racist

July 18th, 2012
9:48 pm

The AJC wants us to argue about race… don’t do it. Just another Corporation trying to make a buck off of you morons. Mike V can go jump off of a bridge onto a dog catcher truck for all I give a flying squirrel.

mock1

July 18th, 2012
10:01 pm

Stop hating on Vick and get a life ! He has paid his debt for his crime! Who are we to judge!? Is Vick hated because of the dogs or his skin color!? Move on already !!!

Vick the Torturer

July 18th, 2012
10:06 pm

And I know many of you will say “he just made a mistake”. NO. Running a stop sign is a mistake. Driving around the city all the time ignoring every stop sign you encounter is not a mistake or a series of mistakes, it’s pathological behavior. This monster is a psychotic POS. But go ahead, make him a hero for your kids! See how far they get in life. Trash.

Aaron

July 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

Fox is doing something on dogs now. You dog lovers might want to watch.

Bree

July 18th, 2012
10:17 pm

Yaayyy Vick!! Get a dog for your children. They deserve it and no one has the right to judge you and say you can’t (other than the courts but they’re not always right either). Sucks all this mess had to go down for you to change certain things in your life but at least that’s all behind you now. Live your life (T.I. featuring Rihanna).

NIKKI

July 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

Well, surely he isnt going to fight this dog… especially under the watchful eye of the nosey public. If he does get one, hopefully he will get a rescue or better yet, animal control and not one from a breeder. I have no doubt this dog will be better off than in the shelter.

NIKKI

July 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

Oh…and child abusers are not forbidden to never have another child.

MECQ

July 18th, 2012
10:36 pm

Michael Vick should be able to enjoy the very same freedom as all Americans. HE HAS PAID HIS DUES…!!!!! All of you 1%’s are so judgmental of others. judge ye not, lest ye be judged. I guess you are perfect and live in a perfect world..!!!! If so you are not human or are extremelly dillusional.You’ve made mistakes and have been forgiven; yet you have the unmittigated gall to hold another to more stringent standards. Puleeze take your judgements and stick them where the sun dosen’t shine.

Burn in Hell, Vick!

July 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

I heard Vick already got a DOG when he married last week.

However, isn’t Mr. Vick still legally his prison cellmate’s Man-Wife?

Burn in Hell, Vick!

July 18th, 2012
10:44 pm

All the young, future felons in my neighborhood are all excited about the new Mike Vick speciality shoe from NIKE coming out next month:

The NIKE MV7 AIR Dumb@$$

PENN STATE: The New Notre Dame

July 18th, 2012
10:47 pm

Mike Vick still has Herpes.

He gave it those poor dogs of his, too.

dan

July 18th, 2012
10:52 pm

Let him get a dog that was would be put down otherwise and require Vick pays for quarterly vet visits to check on the well being of the dog.

SHAN

July 18th, 2012
11:02 pm

Does anybody believe in redemption anymore….get over it….

Mike

July 18th, 2012
11:32 pm

He should never get a dog. Where was all this concern for his children while he was fighting dogs? He did not care what happened and did not care about his kids either. All the people who say he has paid his dues are just Vick apologists. It does not really matter anyway – he will be back in prison for something else soon.

Why Not

July 18th, 2012
11:40 pm

REALLY???? You people are still tripping off of this! GET OVER IT; Mike did the time (that he didn’t deserve) and is a better man because of his mistakes. Yes, he should be allowed to have a dog. Whether yall like it or not; he will STILL be a millionaire and living his life to the fullest.

MOTTO – He has done his job and will always know he is thought about because its people like you that will always be talking about Mike Vick no matter what he does! THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HATERS FOR LIFE!!!!

E.T.

July 19th, 2012
6:50 am

Let it go people. He’s paid his dues. Some get less time for killing people. When is a dog more important than a human life? Get a grip.

Terrell in The A-T-L

July 19th, 2012
10:10 am

Everybody that truly love Mike Vick!

THE MAN is still THE MAN! And what we need to do as a community is come together to show our support and our solidarity and our love for the special human being that put this city on the map!

Let’s everybody put on your #7 jerseys Falcons or Eagles and let us all show all the haters that we all know and remember who the real face of football in this city is and remind Arthur Blank of all the people who remember what he did to the greatest athlete in the history of this whole state!

When we go out and about while showing our support for Mike by wearing our jersey let’s all do the following together to show we are united and that we are strong.

* When you go out to the mall to do your shopping walk as slow as you can so that all the haters will be stuck behind you and they will see that 7 IN THEIR FACE! They will remember who they REAL QUARTERBACK is!

* You go into one of them stores and start singing out loud about #7 while wearing your jersey or however you feel lead to do. There ain’t nobody going to take away mine or your right to free speech. Make all them haters know how you feel!

* If you go to the movies be sure to say your love for Mike loud and proud during the movie so all the haters won’t be able to enjoy the movie and will have to sit there and think about what this city lost.

* When you get out on the highway don’t use your turn signal when you make turns or change lanes so all the haters will be confused about where you going – You will be just like Mike do when he dodge line backers and won’t no body be able to guess where he will zig zag next.

* When you go out to get you some lunch back your ride into as many parking spaces as you can so all the ignorant haters won’t have nowhere good to park.

* After you have your lunch in your ride and throw your bones out the car window be sure to get to to arrange them so they spell out MV7 and so all the haters will see it and be forced to RECOGNIZE! when they walk by and see it.

Together we are strong! And we can send a message to EVERYBODY that MV THE MAN is back in NFL and he is back to take care of business! Show all them sorry people that just want to hate on Mike for NO REASON what’s up!

WE LOVE YOU MIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SayWha?

July 19th, 2012
10:26 am

@Terrell in The A-T-L

Nice try troll, but like the stereotype, a big FAIL! (besides, the people you are talking to don’t need instructions for something that just comes natural).

barb

July 19th, 2012
11:17 am

he shouldnt be allowed to own any pets after the 2007 what he did to pit bulls .. people that do that do animals should not be allowed at all

Randi Susan Klein, Esq.

July 19th, 2012
11:18 am

Completely disagree. I think that Wayne Parcell should be more careful before saying something like that. Here is a video of Vick and how he feels about dogs today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Ra0J-V7ZM

Cecilia Angeloff

July 19th, 2012
11:18 am

Why should they let u so u can do it again

JEN

July 19th, 2012
11:20 am

Gee kind of like giving a child abuser free reign to abuse more children!!

laura

July 19th, 2012
11:20 am

is this a joke ? michael vick a perfect dog owner are they kidding right? he shouldnt be near any animals he used those dogs for his own greed he didnt have those dog cause he liked them he was making money off of them and you call this person a dog lover ? i dont a dog lover is someone who is kind and trats there dogs or pets good they dont absue them he should ve been locked up for a long time and get fined if he ever owns a dog again

Emma

July 19th, 2012
11:22 am

He’s paid his dues? For torturing dogs? Hanging them.. electrocuting them.. drowning them shooting them? look at this picture and tell me he should own a dog again. NO he hasn’t He should get many years of no pet ownership for each dog he tortured. If you can stand to do those things to a dog then he won’t change . He will be able to look at it happen or do it again. Its not dues to society, its dues to humanity he owes, and he will always be in debt for what he did. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151637620769068&set=a.361620179067.157368.338140469067&type=1&theater

Ruby

July 19th, 2012
11:23 am

After all this time STILL there are all the idiots that believe he went to jail for the dogs! He went to jail for not paying uncle Sam his share on the dog income!! His children used to own pet dogs – ask Vick what he did to them!! How long did each of them survive in the pit? HE did NOT do time for the dogs!!! TAXES, TAXES, TAXES!

Laura

July 19th, 2012
11:25 am

He “donated” a LOT of money to the Human Society in order to get/buy their endorsement. There is nothing anyone can do to stop him from getting a pet dog and I feel sorry for the dog. I cannot help wondering about all the pet dogs he used as “training aids” for his fighting dogs. In an interview after he was released, he still saw nothing wrong with what he did and he blamed it on where he was raised.

Kayla

July 19th, 2012
11:25 am

Men like him are the reason true pit owners struggle every single day just to prove our dogs are not monsters, the people are. He should NEVER be allowed to own any animal again. He should have thought of his children before he tortured helpless dogs the way he did. He disgusts me to the highest level. If he couldn’t treat the dogs he had in the correct way, why would he start now no matter what breed it is!?

Laura Martlock

July 19th, 2012
11:28 am

He shouldn’t be allowed to own a goldfish.

Linda

July 19th, 2012
11:28 am

Absolutely not! There is no way he should be allowed to own a dog. I feel that he should be required to donate most of the money he makes to help abused and neglected dogs who got that way because of people like him!

Linda

July 19th, 2012
11:31 am

Absolutely not! He should never be allowed to own a dog. I feel he should be required to donate most of his salary to help abused and neglected dogs who got that way because of people like him!

Janet B.

July 19th, 2012
11:35 am

I would always have my doubts with any cold hearted opportunistic abuser. Let him adopt a chimpanzee. Let HIM take his chances!

kathy

July 19th, 2012
11:35 am

vick should never be able to own a dog!!!

Alan

July 19th, 2012
11:38 am

Tell his kid why daddy can’t have a dog!
Show The pictures of what he did to dogs!
Tell the kids how he killed dogs.
That is why they can’t have a dog.

vasara

July 19th, 2012
11:40 am

the only reason the HSUS gave him a green light is because of the large amounts of money that have changed hands. Wayne Pacelle is corrupt and so is Vick.

Deb Brown

July 19th, 2012
11:41 am

Sorry, trying to stay rational and sane about this and in that context; NO, he should NEVER be able to own a dog because that was part of his very inadequate sentencing. He should explain to his children that because of things that he did, he is never allowed to own a dog, EVER! Keeping it civil, which I find difficult to do because of his heinous actions.

Randi

July 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Would a pedophile ever be allowed around children again? No! Should a dog abuser/dog fighter be allowed to have a dog? NO.

Stevie

July 19th, 2012
11:48 am

He did not just kill one dog. He killed at least 8. He hung dogs, he beat them, He wet them down and shocked them. He tortured them. He confessed that he got “a rush” from killing them. If he had molested children would you allow him to adopt even after he paid his debt to society? HSUS condoning his pet ownership is bullcrap. They are another extreme rights group like PETA who wants to end raising livestock, pet ownership, hunting and any interaction with animals that is not at a distance. I wouldn’t be surprised if VIck paid Wayne Pacelle or offered some other compensation for his public statement. I do feel bad for Vick’s children, but really, I think the more important lesson for them to learn is not how to love and care for a pet, but rather, if you are a criminal, others suffer for your actions.

Mindy

July 19th, 2012
11:52 am

They should let his kids volunteer at the humane society and love on some dogs that really need it. That way everyone wins

bonnie

July 19th, 2012
11:53 am

he ;would still be doing what he was doing if he didnt get caught i wouldnt trust him with that goldfish he should never have the priviledge of dog ownership and should have been made to give money to the organizations that rehabilitated the dogs he mutilated and fought he is a low life and will get his in the end

glenda

July 19th, 2012
11:54 am

NO dog for him!!!!!!!! He’s crazy——I saw him on TV yesterday and he actually said that “nobody ever told me that dog fighting was wrong”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY????!!!!!!!!! He’s nuts!! And Wayne Pacelle should not be with the Humane Society, if that is the way he thinks!!!!!!!! And why did Philadelphia ever hire him????????????????????????

trisha farkas

July 19th, 2012
11:54 am

listen, this guy dosent have any patience, you saw it last season when he blamed everyone on his team for his short comings and how fustrated and angry he became. i would’nt trust him~~~ some ppl just shouldnt put themselves in situations where someone can get hurt ! and more over what kind of friends and family does his guy keep, i know no one is perfect but part of begin a responsible adult is knowing your limits~~~~ forgetaaboutit !