Michael Vick is the proud owner of a new dog. According to Deadspin, professional football player and adversary to countless dog lovers around the globe is now the proud owner of a canine companion. Eagle-eyed Vick fans noticed the four-legged creature in a photo the athlete posted online. When asked about the possibility of a dog in the Vick household, he refused to answer the question.
In an effort to keep folks from speculating wildly about the new addition to his family, Michael Vick issued a statement on the matter. Here’s what he had to say:
“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.”
This touchy subject, of course, is the last thing Michael Vick wants to talk about. Chances are this will be the only time the guy discusses the matter publicly.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Vick is allowed to own a dog and has previously expressed interest in getting one for his children. During his appearance on Piers Morgan’s talk show, the athlete discussed his desire to add a canine to the household.
“Maybe so. Being honest. Being candid. I still deal with my kids each and every day, and for the last three years, not being able to have a dog because of my acts … I just don’t think that’s fair,” Vick explained during the July interview. “It may be something that’s therapeutic in that for them and I can’t take that dream away from them. That’s selfish on my behalf.”
Given Michael Vick’s history with dogs, do you think he should be allowed to get one for his children?