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

Tom

July 23rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Wayne Pacelle is a total disgrace and no one should listen to him. Michael Vick is a serial animal abuser, and any shelter or pet store who gives him a dog is an accomplice to his crimes.

Pat

July 23rd, 2012
7:01 pm

Ann, you say you are a “huge fan of the Humane Society of the United States.” Did you know that HSUS has no relationship with local pet shelters and gives less than one percent of it’s huge income to local groups? The HSUS TV ads are misleading in the extreme.

Check out “Dubious Deals at HSUS” and “The Indictment of Wayne Pacelle” – both by No-Kill shelter leader Nathan Winograd. You will become a huge fan of the No Kill Revolution, I guarantee.

E. Griffiths

July 23rd, 2012
7:31 pm

This should never be allowed to happen. What is the Humane Society of the United States thinking? This man was responsible for appalling animal cruelty and no punishment could ever be enough.

Kyle Swartz

July 24th, 2012
12:15 am

I think Vick should be able to have a dog because everyone deserves a second chance. The NFL gave him another chance, why shouldn’t the courts. However, I do think if he gets a dog he should be monitored to ensure there is no abuse going on, just as we do when a child has been abused.

suzanne beer

July 24th, 2012
4:13 am

Letting him own a dog is like letting a paedophile have a child.

Maria

July 24th, 2012
6:10 am

No, I do not think that he should ever have a dog. He should have thought about his kids while he was committing such horrible acts against the dogs in his care.

Houston

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

After the horrible things he did to those dogs I would not trust him to teach his children the proper way to care for one. Being able to play football again should be more than enough. He should stop asking for more.

mike

July 24th, 2012
2:49 pm

wow….love how the caucasians line up when the subject is Vick! Guess what?? He can’t hear you because of all the cash registers pinging! The 100 million dollar man is back, and he will own a dog! I bet that makes some of you miserable huh? Gosh I love redneck hate!1

mike

July 24th, 2012
2:50 pm

@ Houston..stop asking? The man dosen’t have to “ask” anybody. Time is done, debt paid..get over it loser.

Jan

July 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

He doesn’t deserve any dog ever!!!!!

PRWEBB

July 24th, 2012
6:47 pm

I totally agree with the comments made by “seriously”! They are right on! This man is a greedy, barbaric monster who has no compassion for innocent animals. He should be barred for life from owing any kind of animal. I feel sorry for his children mainly because they had the bad misfortune to have been sired by this beast!!

deb

July 24th, 2012
7:44 pm

Never in a million years should he be allowed to own a dog. And an “endorsement” from the Human Soc? What a freaking joke that is! He is an abuser, simple as that. Saying his children should not be “punished” for his actions is crap.

Debi

July 25th, 2012
11:16 am

D I S G U S T I N G!!!!!!!!