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

Jeanette

July 19th, 2012
11:54 am

Some of you on here – I can’t believe what you write. Its all too easy to just say oh well let him have one…and then ridicule people who care and fight for animal rights. Its all to easy to be judgemental of people who take a stand and a position in the defense of animals and cast them as being bleeding hearts. Its all too easy to judge the breed of a dog and stereotype and say kill them all!! While a person who wilfully tortured and killed is given a free pass by you and according to many of you should not only should not have been punished at all but now should be free to own a dog. A person has a problem to be able to do what he done and there is nothing he can ever do in his lifetime to pay that debt. People are too easily blinded by image, fame, stardom – money or perhaps even there own issues and judgements to see that wrong is wrong. Those pictures of helpless animals being tortured and strung up and hung at his own hands should be enough to say no person as calleous and de-sensitized to be able to hurt an animal and take its life should have the priveledge of owning one. If a man is iresponsable enough to drink and drive and gets a DUI we dont just say give him a license beacuse its not fair on his kids – but seriously this is beyond a license. This was brutality and muder for so many animals for pleasure, sport and money! Yet you say to those who care get over it! I say to you get real – wrong is wrong. Dont try and make it ok now he is being rewarded enough without now being granted the priveledge of having a dog. Its one thing to have an opinion and put it across in a meangingful way but i just simply cant believe what I am reading and some of the comments and insults towards other people. Its just saddening and i hope those of you that Im refering too – and you know who you are – can find better things to do with your time then hurl insults at others that do care and that do something about it! Lets see how many of you that I refer to simply cant find anything better to do with your time and get defensive now! I care and I am disgusted that the “Humane” Society can even think that this is acceptable!

ecook

July 19th, 2012
11:54 am

He did not just kill one dog. He killed several and in his car by strangulation, electricusion, hanging, and smashing them on concrete. Who does that to a defenseless animal??????? A sicko! His children I am sure are not nieve about this either. Children are very smart and see everything. Monkey see Monkey do. Just like he did. He grew up around dog fighting. Now he is doing it as a grown man. Do we give alcohol to alcoholics, or drugs to drug addicts, NO!!! So Michael Vick should not have a dog.. PERIOD!!!

Michelle Rizzo

July 19th, 2012
11:59 am

I dont think he should be allowed to have a dog EVER. yes, I do feel sorry for his kids for so many things but if they get a dog he will be IN CHARGE OF HOW THE DOG IS TREATED …..
PLEASE DONT ALLOW HIM TO EVER EVER HAVE ANY PET….

SAYGE

July 19th, 2012
12:01 pm

Amen Jeanette! Im not sure what my opinion is yet about the Humane Society but I agree with your words about the comments people make on threads – do some actually think they are being funny? It seems people that make comments insulting or rediculing others on threads have to much self importance (or maybe lack enough and this is the only way they feel they can get it) and cant respect anothers opinion, perspective, belief or cause. I appreciate your comments which were well said! SJ

Catalina

July 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

No, he should not be allowed to have a pet. Anyone that can commit the atrocities that he did does not have the character to own a pet. Would you give a serial killer another victim!!!!!

Naomi Boccio

July 19th, 2012
12:06 pm

NO WAY! That fact he doesn’t want a Pit PROVES he is STILL A JERK!!
NO DOG..NO WAY!

Tina

July 19th, 2012
12:12 pm

We don’t allow convicted pedophiles near children. Even if they paid their time in jail, it doesn’t matter! We shouldn’t allow convicted dog killers near dogs. Period. If his kids want a pet dog, he needs to explain to them why they can’t have one – because he used to fight and kill dogs.

Jayne

July 19th, 2012
12:14 pm

He should NEVER be allow to own a dog. Let his children see what he did to dogs. His punishment didn’t fit the crime. Let him get torn up by dogs. I see that Pitbull’s picture everytime I heaar his name. And the C>E>O> must have been paid well for his comment.

Laura

July 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

No way should he EVER be allowed to own another dog. Anyone who could do what he did to an animal should NEVER, EVER have the right to have a chance to abuse again. So all you pro Vick people, did you ever read the book ‘Lost Dogs’ read it sometime the truth of what he did should make you see that he is not deserving to have any kind of animal. He isn’t fit to own a bird. Wonder if his kids know what kind of a idiot their father is. If not they should.

H. Perkins

July 19th, 2012
12:20 pm

This is a tough one. I would like to believe in redemption, and that people can learn and change. However, this man personally tortured and killed animals for sport. That is an unthinkable crime, and I feel that he still has a lot to answer for. As someone who volunteers at a local shelter, I see firsthand the damage people can do. It’s hard to forgive someone like Michael Vick. And bear in mind that Vick has a LOT to gain by appearing to have been rehabilitated – he can lose millions if he doesn’t.

He has publicly stated that he wants to be a role model for kids, to help stop the deplorable practice of dog fighting and abuse. Is he sincere? Unknowable, at least from here. Should he be allowed to own a dog? I don’t know. I want to say hell no – but I also want to believe the best in people. I am still on the fence, myself. I hope that if he does adopt a dog, he adopts form a shelter, and treats the animal with compassion. And perhaps a spot-check or two from the shelter officials would be a good thing.

Ellen Rose

July 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Absoluty NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Does a Tiger change his Stripes?

bcolliemom

July 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

To allow this disgusting creature near animals is a crime in itself. And to all the naive people who think “he deserves another chance”, pull your heads out of the sand and wake up.

lisa

July 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

He should not be able to own another dog, thats like giving a pedifile anther chance and giving him a younge child

Laura

July 19th, 2012
12:34 pm

How about a turtle or snake

sheri mcdonald

July 19th, 2012
12:35 pm

NO, NO, NO. HE ALREADY HAS SHOWN HE CAN NOT MAKE GOOD DECISIONS ABOUT BEING A DOG OWNER. . HE SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO OWN ANOTHER ANIMAL AGAIN. SHOULD BE ON A LIST LIKE THE CHILD MOLESTERS. HIS CHILDREN ARE JUST A FRONT FOR HIM TO GET A DOG. THEY NEED TO KNOW WHY HE SHOULD NOT HAVE A DOG. HUM,,, I BELIEVE THEY LIVED IN THE SAME PLACE AS HIM WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON. ? SO NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Diana M. Vacek

July 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

Has the Humane Society lost its mind????? This man would have still been fighting, torturing, abusing dogs/animals if he wouldn’t have gotten caught!! Is his money or whatever the Humane Society getting from him more important then the hundreds,thousands of lives of innocent animals that died and were tortured by him???? How about just for instance the female dog that they took from his compound that had all her teeth ripped out for they could mate her over and over again, against her will and could not defend herself against attack by another dog!!! What’s the price of restitute for that dog by Vick??? NO ANIMALS AT ALL FOR VICK FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE

julie

July 19th, 2012
12:41 pm

im sorry but i think he shouldnt pure and simple. and if his kids want a dog. they can suffer you know like daddy made the other dogs suffer. Perhaps he can watch his loved ones deal with the aftermath of his abuse . i dont care how much he swears hes changed. He did what he did pure and simple. he dont deserve nothing but a pile of dog turds.

IH8ppl

July 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

He’s proven that he has a sociopathic streak. Anyone that can RIP THE TEETH OUT OF A DOG WITH PLIERS and be OK with that, CAN NOT have a DOG. THIS illustrates the FLAW in the legal system. ANYONE caught abusing animals at this level, needs to be BANNED from having them FOR LIFE, and FINED if they are caught living with them.

PERIOD.

Amelia

July 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

He has children????? OH NO!! He shouldn’t be allowed to have them either. The man is a SADISTIC MONSTER, and Paterno/Sandusky and starving baby tragedies does NOT make swinging dogs over your head and slamming them to the ground OK.

Everything happens for a reason though. Maybe the reason for this is so that folks will WAKE UP to the Humane Society of the US and Wayne Pacelle. WHEN you give $$ to HSUS, it’s not going to save animals. Less than 1% of their budget is used to rescue animals. They are NOT affiliated with your local humane society that does actaully save animals. The HSUS is nothing more than a political lobbying group and any $$ they get goes for lawyers, lobbyists and their own 401K’s. LOOK IT UP!

Remember Vick’s pit bulls???? HSUS and PETA wanted to kill them. They went to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and were rehabilitated. Not all, bust most were saved. LOOK IT UP!

choe bato

July 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

He shouldn’t be allowed to have ANY kind of dogs period!

Sandra Miral

July 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

He should never ever be allowed to own a dog….his kids should know and be shown exactly why he isnt allowed to ever own a dog.

Maxcine Parker

July 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

Not only do I think Vick should not be allowed to have a pet of any kind, I question his ability to be a parent….

lor reading

July 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

he should not be allowed to own any type animal ever, if anything he should be put through the torture and pain he put the dogs he did own through

mary camardo

July 19th, 2012
1:14 pm

NO NO NO, should be banned forever from owning any kind of animal !!

Brenda

July 19th, 2012
1:19 pm

I don’t feel that a dog of any breed should be placed with this man. He has shown that he has no regard for a dogs life. He is using his children as a reason for him to get a dog. Once someone finds it amusing to kill animals that isn’t something they are going to change, sure he may be acting like he is normal now, but give it some time and his true nature about dogs will surface again.

Laurie

July 19th, 2012
1:20 pm

Marianne Brashaw

July 19th, 2012
1:29 pm

Enter your comments here NO DOG…>>>, HE SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO LOOK AT ANOTHER DOG FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE…HE MAKES ME SICK.. NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HE DID. JUST BECAUSE HE PLAYED FOOTBALL.. F _ HIM .. MAY HE DIE THE WORST DEATH EVER.. .I CAN NOT BEIEVE HE HAS THE BALLS TO EVEN THINK HE SHOULD BE BLE TO OWN ANOTHER DOG..HE WOULD JUST FIGHT THE DOG AGAIN…I HATE HIM ALONG WITHT
THOUSANDS OF..
OTHER PEOPLE.. I WOULD LOVE TO PUT HIM IN A DOG FIGHT AND WATCH HIM BE CHEWED APART AND DIE A SLOW DEATH…HOW MAY CHILDREN SAW WHAT YOU DID.. AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET..F*** YOU VICK……YOU HAVE ALOT OF BALLS THAT SHOULD BE CHEWED OFF

N. Lerner

July 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

This is absolutely disgusting, and whoever “Wayne Pacelle” is, buddy: you’re an IDIOT. How dare you even consider letting this nasty creature anywhere near a dog or animal of any kind?! If anyone actually allows this filthy excuse for a human being to have a dog, I hope you burn in hell. Is that too harsh? Yeah, I didn’t think so, especially in light of what he did to those dogs.

Linda Gillespie

July 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

I saw saw pictures of what this man did to his dogs. I consider him a barbarian and he should nothing living should EVER be in his care.

Harding

July 19th, 2012
1:41 pm

Are you serious? I don’t care how long he was unable to have a pet, he should never be allowed to have even a pet rock!!!!! I don’t feel sorry for him; just the animals that have lost their lives to his actions. Even the ones that survived will never forget what was done to them. I say absolutely NOT!!!!

Marianne Brashaw

July 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

ONCE A LOOSER ALAWAYS A LOOSER..I WOULD LOVE TO SEE VICK PUT IN A DOG PEN AND CHEWED TO DEATH….HE HAS ALOT OF BALLS EVEN TO LOOK OR THINK HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO OWN ANOTHER DOG.. HE WOULD JUST FIGHT HIM ANYWAY… MIKE VICK YOU MAKE ME SICK….ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER ANIMAL LOVERS..YOU ARE SUCH A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF THE KIDS THAT THINK YOUARE A GREAT FOOT BALL PLAYER..”"”NOT”" F*** YOU YOU LOOSER…YOU MAKE ENOUGH MONEY… FIND A REAL JOB… LOOSER

candy

July 19th, 2012
1:50 pm

should a pedafile be able to adopt that is the same as MV getting a dog. being an abuser is not what you do, it’s who you are. don’t be fooled his spots will never change.

dog breeder

July 19th, 2012
2:03 pm

Everyone seems to forget his kids did have a pet, until he threw it to the pits and let them rip it apart. Should he have another dog, ever? Hell no. If he can do this to animals, he has the capability of doing the same or worse to a person. The same goes for anyone, white, black or whatever that treats any animal this way.

Jan Brown

July 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

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Jan Brown

July 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

WTFH? NO no dog, no animal. After what he did to those precious lives he should not be walking free yet. He Killed, HE Tortured, and yes he will do it again. Do Volunteer work at an animal shelter, I would not trust him under supervision. He is a CRUEL and VICIOUS whatever, he ain’t an man. creative baby you said it all and you are so frigging right.

Gretski

July 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

No No No!!!! Dog for Mike Vick HE IS NOTHING BUT A LOW LIFE DOG KILLING SCUM BAG!!!!
He should still be in Prison for his Crime !!
@ Beau U ARE A STUPID DUMB ASS !!!! For calling PBS monsters Any dog Can have Problems with aggresion ASS WHOLE!!! it’s the owners not the dog Retard!!!!!

texdav

July 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

I guarantee that sorry ass wayne parcell does’nt own a dog.

Sylvia Lennox Green

July 19th, 2012
2:21 pm

He should have thought about his children when he was *personally* killing dogs by hanging them for 2 X 4, and holding their heads under water until they DIED!!!!

He is NOT the kind of person who ‘apologizes’ and means it… he keeps making comments that are self-engrandizing.

His children deserve a much better person for a father than *him*!

tobi

July 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

This is outrageous! Does no one remember the manner in which those dogs died? Or the fact that he admitted to taking part? Or maybe no one cares because is is a rich and talented football player?

Rozelle

July 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

I cannot forgive Michael Vick. I am not an injured party. Dogs being dogs, THEY would forgive him. And that is the point I would like to make. Has Michael Vick asked the dogs he hurt for forgiveness? Has he looked his cruel actions in the face and seen the damage he caused? Has he seen the hurt in these animals’ eyes? Has he looked into those hurt eyes and begged, in tears, their forgiveness? If he has truly made that step, then he deserves a chance to make amends. Not so much by community service but rather by looking into a dog’s loving eyes every morning and every night and knowing the joy of making the world a wonderful place for that one animal.

connie

July 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

Wow, this man is an animal not worthy of owning anything much less a dog, He proved his true colors while fighting them, He’s not to be trusted, he’s a cheat, thief and a liar, he’s unable to care for himself much less an animal, shout it from the roof top “NO DOGS FOR VICK”…..let’s hold him down and make him fight for his life. He has no remorse for his actions. I say tie him up and let him bark and beg for his life!

Jeanette

July 19th, 2012
2:27 pm

Al those poor dogs didn’t get a second chance, so WHY would Vick be able to have another animal?
Is it because who he is? Doesn’t matter, he doesn’t deserve another chance either!

Kimberley Walker

July 19th, 2012
2:29 pm

That pathetic excuse for a human being shouldn’t be allowed within 500 feet of any animal. Way to go Humane Society for supporting him. What a fine example you set. I’ve met one of his ex-dogs, poor sweet boy could be traumatized by as little as going to a different park. He’d become terrified.
Sure, let’s give him another chance…how about never!

Bobbie

July 19th, 2012
2:29 pm

He said it’s not fair that his kids could never pet a dog. Was it fair to all the countless dogs that he fought and killed? I’m sorry, I do not like him and probably never will because of what he did. Does his kids know that he tortured countless dogs and killer them? When Nike made him a spokesman I swore I would never buy Nike’s again. They were the only shoes I wore before. I will never buy another pair. Maybe people think that I am very mean and unforgiving. but as far as I am concerned, a person that can do that to another living thing has NO soul and cold hearted. I have no place in my life for a person like him.

Baylie

July 19th, 2012
2:34 pm

Michael Vick is a disgusting individual who should never be allowed NEAR a dog let alone to OWN one! His kids need to grow up knowing that his is a heartless, ruthless, cruel man, and it is HIS fault and his fault alone that his kids should never have a dog growing up. If he is willing to be so evil to these past dogs, how will he teach his kids to treat dogs they own? Certainly not well, any dog sentenced to live with this monster is being sentenced to death in my opinion, and a future of pain. No dog for you, Vick the Monster. No dog for you.

Seth

July 19th, 2012
2:36 pm

I love how he says “my kids can pick the breed but They can’t have a pit bull” Like a frikkin pit bull was the reason he was fighting dogs…. He shouldn’t have ANY dog actually he should have been shot for fighting them in the first place!

Maranda

July 19th, 2012
2:41 pm

No. NO. He made his choice to fight dogs, and he deserves the same punishment as everyone else. That means no more dogs for him. Sorry dude, I don’t care if you play pro football, the law still applies to you.

Terrell in The A-T-L

July 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

LET ALL THESE SORRY HATERS BE YOUR MOTIVATERS MIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nadereh Ovanessoff

July 19th, 2012
2:47 pm

There are a lot of things in life that are not fair, Vick took that option away from his kids by indulging in a horrific blood sport. To be honest I worry for his children, to see what he did to those dogs, the brutality and torture, to be around the blood, torn flesh, dogs screaming in pain, beating them, killing them & getting enjoyment from that?! As a mother I sure as hell would never want anyone like that around my children. If I were his wife I would have left him in a heartbeat. To say now that he deserves to get a dog for his children?! Have him take his children to a shelter & volunteer with them. Make some amends to show you really give a damn.b

officialolebat

July 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

THAT PIECE OF PUKE DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE TO BE A PARENT OR A HUMAN BEING FOR THE SORRY BEHAVIOR. I have rescued abused Shelties for 20 years and this puke should not be allowed near a dog or cat or any other animals except his “homies”. Then that may lead to more abusers of dogs for fighting. How do we know that there is not some genetic predisposition to abusing GOD’s creatures? Where do I write the judge????