Michael Vick Wants a Dog

Should Michael Vick, a man who victimized and killed pit bulls as part of an illegal dog fighting operation, be allowed to one day own another animal?

While the NFL quarterback is currently not granted such a privilege under a court-ordered rule, he does hope one day that the order is lifted. In an interview with the website TheGrio, Vick says that befriending a dog could help show the world that he has changed.

“I would love to get another dog in the future,” he says. “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”

Since his release from prison, Vick has been working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), touring schools, and speaking out against dog fighting. It’s a role he says he’s committed to performing for the rest of his life.

“I do it because I want to,” he told TheGrio. “I think if I can help five or six kids daily, then I’m playing my position as a positive role model in our society. It doesn’t hurt to do it, and it’s fairly easy. I tell a lot of people that it’s easy to do the wrong thing. It’s hard to do the right thing.”

Vick’s not the only one who thinks he’s ready for a four-legged friend. “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. However, he added that he understands why so many people would be against such a move. “What he did was awful, and a lot of people haven’t been able to get past that.”

What do you think? Should Michael Vick be allowed to get a dog?

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549 comments

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap2 years ago

I want lots of stuff too but it ain't happening!!!

Amy L.
Amy L.2 years ago

People in Hell want ice water too, but do you see them getting it? NO!

Friend I.
Past Member 2 years ago

No! No!! No!!!

Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy2 years ago

Thanks

Roger M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks.

Lynn Carin

This is a man who has proven that he cannot be trusted with animals... he should never be allowed to own any kind of pet, especially a dog. In my eyes, and many others ~ he will never be forgiven for what he has done. People who LOVE animals do not get involved in the kinds of things he's been accused of/convicted of and they do everything in their power to PREVENT such activities from ever happening. NO MERCY for Vick ~ he blew any chance of ever being trusted with an animal, in my opinion.

Faither Jo H.
Jo Ellen H.3 years ago

Micheal Vick,,, you not ALLOW any kind of dogs in your ugly house forever !!!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

He should never be aloud to have any kind of animals especially dogs.

Mandy Harker
Mandy H.3 years ago

A leopard never changes it's spots, after Vick's disgusting and disgraceful behavior his punishment should be that he's never allowed the privilege of owning a dog and experiencing the love and joy they can bring. Not only will this remind him that animal cruelty especially on a massive scale is taken seriously but it will remind anyone else whos even contemplating it that they will NEVER be allowed to experience the love a pet can and does bring.
Just because he's doing the right thing now doesn't mean that he should be rewarded with life long love from the very animal he tormented and killed.

Debra Griffin
Debra B.3 years ago

HELL NO!!!!! NO WAY IN HELL!!!!