Michael Vick, Formerly Convicted on Dog Fighting Charges, Owns Dog Again
The NFL superstar formerly convicted of running a dog fighting ring owns a new dog.Published October 12, 2012
Anthony Weiner did it, and Michael Vick did it just last week. Both men prematurely tweeted out a picture of themselves that has led to media speculation and an outcry of public opinion. While we know what happened to Anthony Weiner, we are still waiting to hear more from Michael Vick.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, last week Vick tweeted out a Rockwellian picture of himself and his daughter at their kitchen table. When observant viewers noticed a box of Milk-Bones on the table, they wanted to know if the man who spent 23 months in federal prison on dog fighting charges was now a dog owner.
Finally, it can be confirmed that the answer to that question is "yes."
When asked, Vick, despite saying that he'd prefer to focus on the Eagles, admitted through his publicist Chris Shigas that he is indeed a dog owner again. He issued this statement:
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.:
Shigas goes on to say that “the Eagles are in first place and Michael is focused on his job.”
Vick's dog ownership certainly doesn't come without controversy. When Vick was released from prison in July of 2009, he was placed on probation for a period of three years. At that time, he was prohibited from having a dog. Now that he is off probation and legally allowed to own a dog again, there are many people who are taking issue with Vick's decision to become a dog owner again.
Sport Illustrated writer and author of The Lost Dog: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption Jim Gorant said, “While I appreciate the sentiment of Michael Vick’s public statement released this week, I don’t believe that he should be allowed to own a dog.”
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