Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, whose life went to the dogs after he arrested and jailed for dogfighting in 2007, has confirmed that his family recently obtained one as pet.
“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,” he added.
Vick emphasized that owning a dog is an opportunity to break the cycle, saying he will continue to honor his commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.
Last week, Vick tweeted a photograph of him and his daughter seated together at a table presumably at home. To their right was an open box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits, creating speculations that Vick is a dog owner once again.
Speculation grew when the tweet was deleted and was replaced by a similar photo, without the Milk-Bone box.
“I’m here to strictly talk about football,” Vick said Wednesday when asked about the photos. “What goes on in my personal life is not to be talked about. What’s most important right now is the Philadelphia Eagles and getting the win Sunday.”
Vick could not own a dog during a three-year probationary period following his release from prison. He served 19 months for owning and operating a dogfighting ring and an additional two months of house arrest following his release in May.
During an interview with Piers Morgan, Vick expressed his desire to be a dog owner once again, saying he doesn’t want his children to be deprived of opportunity to have a pet because of his crimes.
Asked what kind of dog he would get, Vick said he would allow his children to choose, but “it certainly won’t be a pit bull.”