Michael Vick spent 19-months in the dog house for running a dog fighting ring and is now a pet owner himself. Rumors began circulating Vick owned a dog after he posted a picture on Twitter at his home with a box of opened dog treats. The Twitpic was deleted, and Vick refused to answers questions at practice on whether he owned a dog or not.
In a statement released by his publicist, the controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said: “I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement. “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.”
During Vick’s probation, he was not allowed to own a dog but has since volunteered for the Human Society and is a speaker against animal cruelty.