CONFIRMED: Michael Vick’s New “Member of [the] Family”

After admitting five years ago to running a dog fighting operation, Michael Vick has confirmed that he once again owns a dog. In a statement from his publicist Vick put to rest the rumors that began swirling after he tweeted a photo of his home featuring a box of dog biscuits on a table (pictured right).

“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.”

Vick’s decision to own a dog, while never referred to as such in his statement, is legal now that his probation is complete. Still, this news is proving divisive, even among members of the animal welfare community. On one extreme, animals lovers say in no uncertain terms that Vick should be banned from owning dogs for life and liken this news to a pedophile not being allowed near children. However, other animal welfare advocates claim that this dog is safe since it will now be under the microscope by those waiting to see if Vick returns to his former cruelties.

How do you feel about this news? Please share your opinion in the comments section below.

Read my previous article, Cheering for Vick, recounting Vick’s treatment of dogs before being sentenced.


7 thoughts on “CONFIRMED: Michael Vick’s New “Member of [the] Family”

  1. I am very disturbed that Vick now owns a dog There is no demonstrable evidence that he has changed the basic personality traits that created his involvement in the dog fighting business in the first place. He is putting his decision to own a dog in the light of his children’s needs. However, many children grow up without dogs and it would have been more appropriate for Vick to accept the consequences of his actions; he is still exhibiting selfish, self-serving behaviors. Using his children as a front is just more evidence of his twisted mentality. And for folks who would argue with me, I would ask, why not a probationary period? Let him own a dog only under the strictest supervision. And if he’s worried about his children learning to love dogs, let them volunteer as well, perhaps caring for the dogs their father so brutally damaged.

  2. Brian, just read both of your powerful Vick articles. My stomach is churning. Seeing what he’s done to his dogs makes one wonder how he treats his children, wife and every other living being he comes into contact with.

  3. He never actually admitted any wrong doing in regard to his dogs. He also used a previous family pet as a bait dog. I agree with Felicity, a child abuser (and in my opinion, since he tortured and killed more than 52 dogs, he is at minimum an abuser) would be supervised so should he. What he has done since his release was not from his heart it was part of his release. He is also using his “volunteer work”, as well as the negative publicity, to boost sales of his book, videos and clothing line. HE speaks of what he has done since his release and what he has done with inner city kids (which is wonderful and is something he did before he got caught) more than his “cutesy” pictures with dogs. When USHS talks to Congress about stricter laws for dog owners/fighters nothing is said about punishing participants.. I hope he does good by this dog only time will tell, but he has anger management issues on and off the field….

  4. I was aware that as of July 2012, Michael Vick would be allowed to have a pet. I was not enthusiastic about that from the beginning. Apparently what I thought was a MAJOR concession in his probation plan did not even dawn on most people until it was way too late. The time to voice objections was 5 + years ago when the plan was approved by the federal court judge.

    Now that I have that off my chest. . . It has been said by more than one source that once an abuser; always an abuser. For some reason when it comes to abuse it seems as though once the bell has been rung there is no going back. Value systems perhaps??? I think that since Vick has shown that he can dance very well to the tune of someone else’s drummer people think he is rehabilitated. I don’t think he is. I will not be surprised if we read in the furture where the puppy ‘died’ from some unforeseen circumstance.

    Do tigers change their stripes? No. There is much to be said about the redemptive and rehabilitative powers of both humans and animals which has been demonstrated time and time again. Those powers have been demonstrated in aces and spades by the dogs who survived Vick’s abuse. However, I have not seen those rehabilitative changes in Vick himself. I have heard lots of ‘talk’ from Vick during his ‘volunteer’ work but it does not seem to be coming from his heart.

    I am waiting. . . .

  5. They have yet to show a picture of this dog he owns. It’s bad enough he’s allowed to own a dog again.. Be it will be an abomination if he’s got another pit bull… Which I wouldn’t doubt in the least…


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