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

urban redneck

July 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

how about a goldfish instead?

JK

July 18th, 2012
5:51 pm

The best pet dog for Michael Vick would be Cujo

Lee

July 18th, 2012
5:55 pm

Michael Vick should never be allowed to own a dog. His children need to know exactly what kind of man he is – a man who tortured and personally killed dogs.

AL S harp

July 18th, 2012
5:56 pm

He bees a dog

Leah

July 18th, 2012
5:57 pm

Lee, you said it best! Michael Vick is a horrible man with a cold heart. He shouldn’t be allowed to own a goldfish, much less a dog.

Austin

July 18th, 2012
5:57 pm

At least he’s not saying he wants a rooster. Once the ban is up, he should be able to get a dog.

Al S harp

July 18th, 2012
5:58 pm

how many chillren does he have, how many did he have before marriage,

Matt

July 18th, 2012
6:04 pm

He paid his dues, and got an endorsement from the Humane Society. What more do you people want?

Vampire Bill

July 18th, 2012
6:10 pm

Oh, he’s worried about his kids and it’s not fair. What about the 100 or so dogs that he tortured, Do they think it’s fair?

?

July 18th, 2012
6:11 pm

the question is what does a jc want?? I can tell you exactly what they want. a hate fest to ensue. SO low rent…but par 4 the course!

kmf

July 18th, 2012
6:19 pm

OMG!! Just get over it people. He has every right to own a dog if he wants one. He paid his debt to society so just drop it. But i guess all of you are so perfect. The fact is when the time come and he IS a dog owner there is nothing can do about it. #STOPKILLINGDEERS#

Zach

July 18th, 2012
6:20 pm

HE IS A CHANGED MAN.

kmf

July 18th, 2012
6:20 pm

*Nothing You*

Alan massey

July 18th, 2012
6:42 pm

Yes, let him have a dog, and I hope he decides to get a pit bull that will neuter him.

al tennis

July 18th, 2012
6:43 pm

HATERS WHAT ABOUT JOE PA AND SANDUSKY—–THEY HAVE DESTROYED THE LIVES OF LITTLE BOYS–WELL SANDUSKY ANYWAY—WHILE JOE PA TURNED A DEAF EAR.

AL TENNIS

J

July 18th, 2012
6:43 pm

Yes, he got an endorsement from the humane society, and that’s the day I quit giving them money. Get your kids a cat, gerbil, snake…and leave dogs alone!

JENN

July 18th, 2012
6:57 pm

If I were the dog breeder, I would probably hesitate. Just saying….

JENN

July 18th, 2012
7:01 pm

I know he did his time, but he was caught. No one knows whether or not he would still be involved in dog fighting if he were never caught.

I wish him well, but I can’t seem to get over it.

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
7:06 pm

I hope this is a joke…. The man has indefinitely made the “breed” UN-adoptable out of people’s fears. I hope he NEVER gets to own another animal unless it is something big enough to take him out if he slips up.

If he wants to do something for the animals and show he can love one… HE should volunteer weekly at some of these kill shelters. For example, Fulton County Animal Services…. 63% kill rate… and at least half the dogs are amazing animals. Pittbull is a generic term for mutts… and because of HIM – they are thought of as fierce instead of the RCA dog…

Vick deserves NO animal Companion nor compassion.

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
7:08 pm

**at least half of these dogs are labeled Pitbull and are amazing**

sorry it bothers me so badly that my words came out wrong

Beau

July 18th, 2012
7:13 pm

I’ve put on my “Free Mike Vick” t-shirt for this one. Of course he should be able to have a dog. He should NEVER have been sent to prison’ I own a Bichon Frise and I love him more than anything in the world – but people – HE’S A DOG!!! When a man can be sent to prison for two years for killing a dog just shows how out of control the “Politically Correct Police” have become. = And yes, I really do have a “Free Mike Vick” t- shirt. And no, I am not a black man!!!

weezie

July 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

I’m not buying his clothes and I don’t believe he should ever be able to own a dog. Hanging a dog in a tree because it would not fight-come on! Do we forget so easily?

Alan

July 18th, 2012
7:22 pm

Show pictures to hi kids of what there daddy did to dogs and that’s why they can’t have a dog.
The truth is always good!!!!

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
7:29 pm

“free mike vick” he is free… and back to playing sports… still hasn’t done anything for the animals.

@Al- your right Sandusky and Joe did much worse. Joe is out of reach of man..Sandusky is probably getting cured of his fondness of playful showers in jail. However, the difference is when he gets out no one will allow another child to go home with him… Vick on the other hand write a check and serves a few years.. gets a start back to his career and now wants to take what he ABUSED home. Thats the difference. well, that and his past actions still are killing these animals because people do not really know much else about them. He needs to enlighten people that “breed” didn’t make the monsters.. he did.

gma

July 18th, 2012
7:34 pm

He should never be allowed to own a dog. I will always assume he’s hurting the dog behind closed doors. Paid his debt to society or not, blah-blah-blah, he has no heart or a humane bone in his body to have tortured so many innocent, loving dogs. Dogs are not just dogs! Those dogs were so unfortunate to have had him as their owner. All a dog want is your love and attention. They love you no matter what. I hope no one ever shows him love. And most importantly, I hope no other dog has to endure him as their owner.

Nineteen58

July 18th, 2012
7:37 pm

He shouldn’t be allowed to!

PM

July 18th, 2012
7:44 pm

?

July 18th, 2012
7:44 pm

And NOTHING you clowns say will affect this man’s life, even if the court clears him to own a dog again. So get comfortable with sulking in your bytchings. You’ll be there a long time, as you should be.

EDK

July 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

Everyone deserves a second chance. But I think there should be some sort of supervision required.

mykrist

July 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

Lee, Leah & GMA get over it….who are you to talk about a man who you don’t know. Good for you Mike Vick….you & your kids should be able to have a dog.

Beau

July 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

Hey Seriously – PB’s ARE monsters!!! Just ask the parents of children they have ripped the faces off of. They should be very humanely bred out of existence.

Ken

July 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

He should be able to get a dog!!! In this world we give all kinds of offenders plenty of chances to return to population all the time only to hav them commit more crimes. I believe Mr. Vick has learned his lesson, and paid his debt to society let the man have a dog!!!

kme

July 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

He suggested no Pit-bulls…and that is a good idea. Personally, I hate the breed. I would have supervision for at least 3 months…and the breed? A small, less aggressive dog. Maybe a Yorkie or Lhasa Apso…in that retrospect. Test him out…see how it fits. Also, have witnesses around, including PETA and HS…for evaluations.
Just because of his background…most of you think that he will repeat his actions. One thing I can tell you…the NFL will be keeping a very watchful eye on this…and they will not tolerate one step of abuse. His life depends on his career…he cannot afford any further mistakes.

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
7:58 pm

@EDK- i think if he deserves a second chance he should earn it. i doubt he would fulfill the commitment. i doubt you can look at page (linked below) and not see that he has doomed the “breed.” however, sure let him work it out with the animals under watched eye and learn to treat them right. maybe he would then be a huge advocate for them… (i still shutter at the thought but i would love to be wrong). below is a link… the sad one of those lost … look at the number of pit listed… it’s unreal.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.409704272397908.104168.405837032784632&type=3

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
8:02 pm

@ Beau- here’s a link to better understand the Pitts… http://www.foundanimals.org/blog/truth-about-pit-bulls/

Dogs are taught aggression. They have no genetic link to be monsters… they are like human some are better than others but it mostly comes down to what they learn around them.

Patti Leach

July 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

I think Michael has paid his dues! Thought he was a thug from when he was in college and when he came to Atlanta! He has totally earned my respect! He should have a dog!

Beau

July 18th, 2012
8:11 pm

Hey S – BS – you are living in a fantasy world, You obviously own a pb and refuse to accept reality.

Elizabeth Johnson

July 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

I approve him getting a pet dog for his kids ik think he learned a lesson yes micheal stay away from pitbulls

pit bull breeder

July 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Everyone deserve a second chance. To the person that said pits are another name for a mutt everyone knows each breed of dog has at least two different breed to make it up.

Deja Vu Vick

July 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

Shame our society!

Why are we allowing a convicted FELON of ANIMAL ABUSE to adopt a dog?

No Dog!

No Dog!

No Dog!

No Dog!

No Dog!

No Dog!

Please, do not allow this FELON to own an innocent animal ever again.

baby

July 18th, 2012
8:19 pm

How many deaths of dogs was he responsible for? He’s gotten another chance, but this is an incredibly stupid idea.

seriously?

July 18th, 2012
8:20 pm

@ Beau- you would be sadly mistaken. Up till last Christmas, I was totally terrified of them. Then I forced to stay in a house with one for a week with a baby. It changed my view and I started to read about them. Personally, I can’t own an animal where I live and it wouldn’t be fair to one if I could. (no yard or much time here). I also realize that if people would simply fix their animals the over run wouldn’t be there but the monsters that breed animals for fighting need that next generation for replacements. They are the ones that teach deadly bad things to these animals and put them on the reward system for it. If Pitts did have some genetic DNA kill code, I would also think that the gov’t or military would be using them.

creative

July 18th, 2012
8:28 pm

matt… could you hold a dog under water while it is squirming and clinging to life until it dies. Also, could you take a car battery connect it to a dog via wires and electrocute it? Were not talking old yeller style blow the dogs brains out (which is awful in its own right) for a quick death. Were talking weird Jeffery Dahlmer style torture to dogs. So Matt, answer the two above questions, you moron. Then ask yourself if you could do that, which I doubt you could, should you be able to own a dog. If Sandusky pays the price for 25 years and comes out of jail when he is 110, should he be able to hang out with kids? Matt, I know your type. Ignorant dumba$$ who lomichaevic.

Grandma

July 18th, 2012
8:28 pm

I wish people were so worked up over these crazy parents that abuse and neglect their kids. They keep having them and then get great rewards from our good old government to have some more. Then they beat them to death and we get to pay for them to get therapy and rehabilitation so they can get out and get some more babies! Weird society we live in when the value of a child is less than that of a dog.

tim

July 18th, 2012
8:32 pm

Mike Vick is the lowest of low

Ron

July 18th, 2012
8:32 pm

Nothing but a T H U G!

insanity

July 18th, 2012
8:33 pm

Just to hear his name makes me sick-he should be embarrassed to even voice the thought! NO DOG! EVER!!!!

creative

July 18th, 2012
8:34 pm

thanks al tennis for your 3rd grade reading level comments. You just made us all dumber.

creative

July 18th, 2012
8:37 pm

And Grandma. Thanks for your idiotic comment as well. Almost as retarded as Al Tennis, but not quite. If someone kills a child they will face the death penalty or at least life in prison. I know you are old and you are trying to prove a point, but try to have a grip on the subject matter before commenting.

creative

July 18th, 2012
8:38 pm

i love a white trash and black trash debate… Its pure comedy. So thank you for all of your posts.

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 !

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????

mjuarez

July 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

Hell No!!!!! He’s a piece of crap…love for dogs doesn’t grow on you, your born with it, he’s a dog killer. He’s doesn’t deserve the love of a dog.

Terrell in The A-T-L

July 19th, 2012
3:32 pm

All you haters on these blogs who have to work at McDonald’s are just jealous of a grate man like Mike Vick who made something of his self make me sick.

M Wehrspaun

July 19th, 2012
3:38 pm

He should never be allowed to even be around his children………if you can’t treat a dog properly how do you expect him to raise a child.

Jenn

July 19th, 2012
4:05 pm

Yes it was wrong what he DID….PAST….DONE…..OVER….. YES he was aware it was going on under his roof, he has admitted IT WAS WRONG!!!! COME ON people, he wants to get a family dog for his kids. He’s not asking for the unreasonable.

Pat

July 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

I wish Michael Vick would just go away and live a better life than he did before – away from the cameras. Instead, he chose to emBARK on a THREE YEAR IMAGE REHABILITATION TOUR motivated by a desire for money and adulation. It has worked, thanks to big cash payoffs from the Eagles and Vicks wealthy supporters to the morally bankrupt Humane Society of the United States.

I’d almost tell him it’s OK to get a dog,* on condition that he STFU, stop promoting a book he didn’t write (TWO ghostwriters did), and end his three year relationship with the golddigger-gigolo who runs the Humane Society of the United States.

*Provided it’s a stuffed dog or a ghost dog.

susan smith

July 19th, 2012
4:34 pm

When all the dogs Vick killed come back to life and he tells them how sorry he is for what he did to them…then and only then should he be allowed anywhere near another dog. It is to bad his children will be punished by his actions but he would not be able to teach them what they need to know to be loving partners for a dog.

Chris

July 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

For all of those that are bashing the dog breed, especially Beau, your ignorance needs to be bred out of existence. People are the ones who make the dog so aggressive that they will attack people. If you actually do your homework before you open your fat ass mouths you will learn that the American Pit Bull Terrier is not people aggressive and they never were.

pamela

July 19th, 2012
4:38 pm

Beau, you arre an idiot! Are you endorsing TORTURING animals. It is a proven fact that animal torturers also hurt human beings. This monster should not be raising children at all.T hey should be taken away from him and the stupid cows that lay down with him! And how much mone did he pay Pacelle to endorse him getting a pet!

janice demotsis

July 19th, 2012
4:38 pm

No and Hell NO!! He should still be behind prison walls!

Gail Lee Lowery

July 19th, 2012
4:38 pm

Hell no!!!!!! He shouldn’t be allowed to have any kind of animal, EVER!!!!!! In fact he should spend the rest of his life in prison. 18 months? What a laugh.

pamela

July 19th, 2012
4:42 pm

terrell in the atl, did you mean GREAT? who works at mcdonalds?

Kat

July 19th, 2012
5:12 pm

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Sorry – but the handy excuse that “The kids need one” just doesn’t wash with me. That man should be banned for the rest of his life. Celebertys should be treated like us average joes in the justice system and get the same punishments. Get another type of live pet and get the Cyber Dog type computer program for the kids. Or a robot dog. I do not believe him for one second that he has “reformed”.

Lynn Yaichner

July 19th, 2012
5:21 pm

He should never be allowed to own a dog again. That is a priv. not a right.

Joleen

July 19th, 2012
5:49 pm

Are You Kidding!! Michael needs to explain to his children why they can’t own any dog until they grow up and no longer live with their father.

Joanne

July 19th, 2012
6:17 pm

Why not a pit bull. would he be tempted to beat it, drownd it, kill it? He has made his bed now let him suffer the penalty. I don’t believe he will ever change. His kids may have the same sick genes he has, no compasion no heart only selfishness. What really makes me sick is that these big corporations make him a spokesman for their products and make him rich off his bad behavior. NO DOGS for VICK….

NamelessSpectator

July 19th, 2012
7:17 pm

How about a pet rock. If you don’t fight with it you can get a chia pet.

NamelessSpectator

July 19th, 2012
7:20 pm

Or we can hope that no breeder in their right mind would give him one since the backlash would likely run them out of business.

Elaine

July 19th, 2012
7:35 pm

Paid his dues? Only legally did he pay his dues. Did he grow a consience? Hell no. Time and time again he had the choice to stop torturing these animals and he chose not to because he enjoyed it. He should never have the PRIVILEGE of owning any animal. He’s the lowest of lows. And yes Grandma, I care about the kids too.

Calla

July 19th, 2012
7:35 pm

Beau… if i had my way, ppl that kill animals for their own amusement, dog or no; should spend the rest of their life in jail. no, im not a member of peta. but animals are alive, just like humans. and not only did he kill dogs, he tortured them as he was killing them. im sorry but i dont care who you are that should seem incredibly wrong. i believe ppl take animals for granted. and judging from some of these comments there are even more than i imagined. if Vick comes anywhere near the shelter i volunteer at i will bar the door.

Sally

July 19th, 2012
7:59 pm

First of all, his kids should never be allowed to “pick the breed”. Any dog lover with any common sense knows you choose a breed/personality that fits in with your lifestyle. By him saying that he’ll let his kids choose, tells me he’s given no thought to this. Research! Research! Research! Also, I don’t care if your childhood involved fighting and abusing dogs, anyone with a heart, a soul, and a conscience would know that is wrong!!! To get a companion dog just because your kids want one is never ever a good reason to get one because the parent ends up training & caring for it in the long run.

Elsie

July 19th, 2012
8:52 pm

He should never ever be able to own or foster a dog again! He may have paid his legal dues in prison but will never be able to pay for the horrible suffering of so many innocent and defenseless dogs he caused so heartlessly! How can he owning a dog be even considered?? Who is that insane?

Roberta Lorio

July 19th, 2012
9:15 pm

As soon as Mr. Vick has endured the same treatment that his dogs had to endure then, and only then, could he have a dog. Oh, wait a minute, he’d be dead. Dead people don’t own dogs, and people who kill dogs can’t own them either.

DaTrufe

July 19th, 2012
9:33 pm

Animals react towards each other based on instincts, there is no moral judgement in their decision based on tenets of civilized society – it is just survival, and if the reaction is violent it is excusable because of the nature of animals. But when a human being reacts the same way towards an animal there is no excuse, and the only thing we can say is that the human being is not only an animal but one that is more dangerous and more unpredictable than animals themselves.

To be human and to have the power of reason and to know the basic requirements of living in a civilization but to still behave like an animal is unforgivable, and is beyond the powers of our judicial society to understand let alone govern by legislation.

Vick is typical of so many felons today, completely misunderstood by those who are expected to provide our security and protect us from such deviates. The powers that be do not understand the criminal mind in cases like his and believe that a few years of incarceration solve the problem and allow a “new” and repentant man to return to society. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way – so before you allow Vick to own any kind of animal you had better think twice – just because he says he is “good” doesn’t make it so.

ams

July 19th, 2012
9:40 pm

The way someone chooses to treat the helpless says everything important about them. Michael Vick should never be allowed to own any animal because he has proven himself incapable of empathy. For those whose comments are in the “just a dog” category, you seem to be suffering from the same lack. The feelings of animals matter and if you can’t grasp that simple concept you are certainly not intelligent enough to consider yourselves above them.

Elynug

July 19th, 2012
9:56 pm

Once a thug always a thug. The fact that the NFL took him back and now the humane society endorses him, and I don’t care what other club, society, or professional group portray him as a responsible member of society; he is still and always will be a thug.

Sue

July 19th, 2012
11:22 pm

Any person who could believe he cares about animals read The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. No person in there right mind would let him teach his kids how to be loyal to there animals. Pets love you and show them you appreciate them.

animal compassionate

July 20th, 2012
1:04 am

Michael Vick should have lost his right to own any animals the first day he tortured an animal. We don’t let serial child molesters care for our children why let a convicted animal abuser/killer care for any animal again?

sT

July 20th, 2012
2:03 am

hmmm lets see… well about as much as the murderer or rapist that got released from prision for good behavior who said.. I changed really…that lives nxt to your daughter…hmm.. cuz.. didnt he murder and let other dogs force breeeding..oh–rapeing…food for thought.

kris

July 20th, 2012
4:32 am

This man is a monster. After the things he did, the cruelty these animals suffered, he does not have the mind, heart or soul to be a pet owner. It takes a special person in my eyes, in most people’s eyes to have a pet. Why do child molesters go to prison for so long. And would we feel good about them raising children…the answer is NO, enough said. Let this go already, he sucks….

Bucky

July 20th, 2012
10:58 am

I hope Chick-fil-A refuses service to Mike Vick and his Husband from prison.

REALLY??????

July 20th, 2012
6:49 pm

NO!! Way. He should never be allowed to own any type of animal. People wanta believe he changed. Yea right!! How can the Humane Society back him & say he will make a good pet owner? Oh yea, thats right, it’s because they’re frauds too. How bout he’s put on a chain & treated the way his dog’s were, then maybe i’ll change my mind. NO!!! I won’t

Michele

July 20th, 2012
7:23 pm

That’s like givin kids to a pedophile…NO ANIMALS FOR VICK !!!!!!!

Elizabeth Winkel

July 20th, 2012
9:51 pm

Please, do not let this person have any pet ever!!!

jeannine

July 21st, 2012
2:10 am

He does not need a dog, the hypocrite should be in jail.

Louisa2

July 21st, 2012
3:53 pm

He has served his time and paid for his bad deeds, only because he was caught. If he hadn’t been caught he’d still be doing the same thing. He simply has Evil running through his veins and should never be allowed to have any animal for as long as he lives.

Laurie

July 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

ABSOLUTELY FREAKING NOT!

Susan

July 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

Really? Michael Vick. A dog owner. A man who went to prison for animal abuse. Why not? We are letting all the other felons do what they want. Bankers steal our economy and they get to keep their jobs. The President is a Kenyan and gets to keep his job. The whole system is bought and sold so there is no moral driving force in our society. So sure – just let everyone do anything they want everywhere and speed along right off the cliff into chaos and anarchy. Oh wait – never mind we are headed for a military state. The fact that anyone would even consider selling that man a dog is more telling about our society than any word of outrage.

Linda

July 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

If his children do not know what he did, they should be told. He should never be able to own a dog and that goes for all that have fought dogs or abused animals in any way.
No animal is safe in his reach.

hanna

July 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

No way! Here we are again, the HSUS spending donations on “celebrities” to speak for them,when they give less than a penny to dog shelters. Why do they even continue to promote helping dogs and cats when they DONT. (they even claim in documents that they dont support shelters, but they sure promote it in their commercials). They are using Vick “for dogs”. You will not get a dime from me. Everyone can be smarter than the HSUS and give to your local shelter who are suffering every day to get animals a home and not euthanize them. Support them instead. I am sorry, but HSUS does not get my vote when it comes to a convicted dog murderer. I dont agree that he should have a dog.

Mark

July 23rd, 2012
9:55 am

Punish the children for the sins of their father. This doesn’t sound right to me.
Every child should have the joy of being raised with a dog, especially Mr Vick’s children.

Gary DiNardo

July 23rd, 2012
10:30 am

He’ll certainly have no trouble finding a ‘responsible breeder’ to supply him with more dogs.

Angela

July 23rd, 2012
10:31 am

To allow an animal abuser to own another animal is almost as stupid as allowing a pedophile to adopt a child. Shouldn’t even be a topic for discussion.

Sara

July 23rd, 2012
10:39 am

Certainly not, no way

eva weiss

July 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

If he was a convicted sex offender, he would have to register and not be allowed in to live near schools etc. If he was a convicted pedophile, he would not be allowed near children. He has been convicted of felony animal abuse so should have to register as animal abusers ( I wish there was this registry) and no be allowed near animals every again. It should be that simple but this country does not consider dogs a part of the family as much as it is a commodity to make money off of.

Michelle

July 23rd, 2012
11:54 am

At the very, VERY least, the breed should be restricted; however, it really makes me angry that the Humane Society would give him an endorsement….verrryyy angry. My boyfriend and I wanted to adopt a dog after one of ours died [from old age] but we were turned down by a pet rescue because we work longer than 4 hours a day…yes, that’s right, 4 hours. We even had family nearby that was willing to come over, take it out and feed it during the day. We have never been cruel to animals and have taken good care of the dogs we have owned, yet we had to purchase a dog from someone instead because we have jobs. Yet this @$$ gets an endorsement?!? I think he was let off too easy to begin with….perhaps put him in the ring with his pit bulls and let them get a piece….that would have been more fair, in my opinion. I have no tolerance for cruelty to animals, children or the elderly….there is no acceptable reason for it.

toni jennett

July 23rd, 2012
12:46 pm

I hope he does not get a dog, and if he does, I hope that dog can smell the fear and death of many other dogs on his hands, and decide to take justice into his own paws and rip michael vicks throat out!!!!

Ann

July 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

There is no way that the dog killer Michael Vick should ever be able to have a dog again. I am a huge supporter of the Humane Society of the United States, but I think Wayne Pacelle is completely wrong when he says that Michael Vick would be a good dog owner. I do not think for one minute that Vick felt or feels any remorse for what he did. You either think it’s okay to abuse, maim, torture, and kill animals, or you don’t. If he had not been caught he would still be killing these poor dogs. He is a heartless person, plain and simple. Remember, he lied about it up until the moment he pleaded guilty, and the only did that to get a lighter sentence.

NO DOGS OR ANIMALS OF ANY KIND FOR MICHAEL VICK!!!

Dawn

July 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

No way!!!! He doesn’t deserve any animals love. He has a dark side to him and always will. Like someone else said let his children know what kind of person he is and that he can’t be trusted with dogs. Let the children see those pics of those poor dogs and then tell them thats why your dad can’t have a dog.

Kristen

July 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

Did he really say its not fair?! What he did when he was a dog owner was not fair. Maybe he should have his children when he was abusing and killing dogs. He doesnt deserve a dog. His children can get a dog when they become adults.

Dog Mom

July 23rd, 2012
2:00 pm

He threw his family pet into the dog fighting ring with his fighting pits before his conviction – he does not deserve to own a pet.

http://www.aolnews.com/2008/11/21/virginia-charges-reveal-michael-vick-put-family-dogs-into-pit/

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!!!!!!!!