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Vick admits to owning a dog

Michael Vick,  LeSean McCoy AP

A day after Eagle quarterback Mike Vick refused to answer questions about his personal life when asked if he owns a dog, Vick has issued a statement regarding that specific aspect of his personal life.

“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement released to PhillyMag.com.  “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.”

The Eagles confirmed to NBC10 the legitimacy of the statement.

Vick never specifically uses the word “dog,” but it’s clear when using the word “pet” that he’s not talking about a hermit crab named Spurgeon.

It’s unknown whether the dog’s name is Spurgeon.

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  1. tommccrossin says: Oct 11, 2012 5:07 PM

    I’m sure he wrote that completely on his own too!

  2. rwpsych16 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:09 PM

    I bet the dog’s name is lucky. As in lucky this isn’t 2004.

  3. dmackerman says: Oct 11, 2012 5:11 PM

    Maybe he’ll pull a Romney and put Fido on his car roof.

  4. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 11, 2012 5:11 PM

    “This is an opportunity to break the cycle.”

    Good for him. A lot of people will have a problem with Vick having any pets but I think this is a good thing. He has done some bad things in his life and he needs to pile on the good deeds from here on out.

  5. contra74 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:12 PM

    Enough already, let him have a dog as a pet!

  6. bordner says: Oct 11, 2012 5:13 PM

    If it’s not Spurgeon, wynn will we find out what its name is?

  7. vicksprman says: Oct 11, 2012 5:13 PM

    Here we go. LOL

  8. beckzhere says: Oct 11, 2012 5:14 PM

    By “healthy relationship”, he means “how to profit from”.

  9. dwats says: Oct 11, 2012 5:15 PM

    Here we go. Let the judgement begin…

  10. tgs12d says: Oct 11, 2012 5:15 PM

    I have no problem with him owning an animal. Do you honestly think he’s going to abuse another dog?
    I also agree that it is important for his kids to be around animals

  11. tedesco47 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    That my friends, is called integrity.

    Many people will never understand what you have gone through Mike, but those of us with intellect and compassion celebrate your transformation into a much better human being.

  12. blahblahblah1313 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    Gee, why do I suspect that this statement was prepared by someone with a better grasp of the English language than ol’ Sparky the dog killer…

  13. dwats says: Oct 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    Let’s hear it. Who shall be first to tell us what punishment Michael Vick deserves?

  14. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 11, 2012 5:16 PM

    If Leonard Little is still allowed to drink, then I’m not sure how Vick can’t own a dog. Not saying I’m on either side of the issue, however – looking at it objectively – it’s a total PR killer, but it’s also this man’s right to own a dog.

  15. mazblast says: Oct 11, 2012 5:17 PM

    The guy is trying to do the right thing and trying to teach his kids to not do what he did. I don’t see the harm in that.

    Of course, it will be the limp weenie segment of the population, the ones who find excuses for all sorts of horrible human behavior, who will be the most up in arms about this. I think this is because while they (commendably) love animals, they really hate people and want them to be miserable.

  16. nestaaali says: Oct 11, 2012 5:18 PM

    Many don’t want to hear it, but Mike Vick owning a dog in 2012 shouldn’t be an issue. He made it one though. Be it deleting the picture on Twitter with dog treats in the corner and replacing it with a picture having no treats, or declining comment on this one day, only to address it in a prepared statement the next, Vick is indirectly making this an issue. If I were him, there’d be a lot of “no comment” on the tip of my lips until I can get the offense clicking fluidly. He paid his debt for his actions, and has gone beyond the requirement in his advocacy for animal rights, specifically canines. Not a Philly fan, but this team is a talented roller coaster.

    Oh, and give Shady the BALL.

  17. pappavike says: Oct 11, 2012 5:18 PM

    Glad he came forward and admitted having a pet! It almost certainly is a dog! And his children should be able to have a pet! And or a dog!! I for one hope it is not a fighting breed! Vick has served his time! But he has to understand where people are coming from on the ownership of a pet or in this case a dog Good job Mike !!

  18. phuriousjorge says: Oct 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    Poor dog.

  19. mattolikesthevikes says: Oct 11, 2012 5:22 PM

    Relax people. He doesn’t hurt dogs anymore. He’d be an idiot to do that. Vicks probably moved on to drowning hamsters or something less intense.

  20. footballfan01 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:22 PM

    How many interceptions has he thrown to the neighbor’s cat when he’s trying to play catch?

  21. blahblahblah1313 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:23 PM

    Hopefully he does not carry the dog around tucked under his arm. That could be very dangerous for the dog. As soon as someone gets near him he will drop the dog…

  22. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:24 PM

    I know a lot of you will cry out against this man having a dog, that’s the whole reason the media continued to squeeze this story out of Vick…they knew there would be significant backlash all over again.

    If we believe in the adequate rehabilitation provided by our prison system, than Vick caring for a dog properly should be considered a positive sign moving forward.

    Now lets all do exactly that…move on.

  23. birdsfan17 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    Seriously, think about it, that dog is the SAFEST dog on the planet

  24. whatjusthapped says: Oct 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    Hey, if Ben Roethlisberger can get a wife, Vick should be able to get a dog. Granted, killing an animal has more finality than raping a woman with an off duty police officer acting as your look out but in the end, America believes in second chances.

    Good luck to them both.

  25. miguelc2012 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    Let the man own a pet in peace…

  26. ademell1 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    I wonder if Vick gets the dog a shock caller? You know, in case it tries to tell Mike how overrated he is.

  27. rugdaniels says: Oct 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    Is there any other NFL team, other than maybe the Jets, that creates so many non-football stories? Even the Cowboys with a showman like Jerry Jones at the helm doesn’t generate this many off the field news items.

    Maybe if the Eagles kept the focus on the field instead of the papers, they’d finally win something. You don’t get this from teams like the Steelers (besides the Big Ben legal news) or Giants, the teams who have won in the past few seasons.

  28. antneejay2 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    It’s hard to say, Blah. That’s symptomatic of a number of mental and emotional dysfunctions.

  29. amoose3 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:32 PM

    Why do Americans put dogs on such a pedestal? WR Donte Stallworth was convicted of DUI manslaughter and he hasnt received nearly the amount of criticism Vick has. AND THATS A HUMAN LIFE. I could list countless other athletes who have done some terrible things and yet none of them are hated or criticized more than Vick. I’m not condoning his actions but he did more than his fair share of time.

  30. cliverush says: Oct 11, 2012 5:34 PM

    This guy is trying to be a better person and improve his life. Good for him.He did the time and came out a better man. Now if only he could learn to read a defense.

  31. 757ravensfan says: Oct 11, 2012 5:35 PM

    Don’t worry about the dog, if true to form, Vick will “turn it over” very soon.

  32. 303bengalguy says: Oct 11, 2012 5:40 PM

    Nice statement… written by a lawyer no doubt.

  33. husky2score says: Oct 11, 2012 5:40 PM

    A dog is a mans best friend, until it is owned by Michael Vick.

  34. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 11, 2012 5:41 PM

    “I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect”

    Makes you want to puke, dosn’t it?

  35. rodgers419 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:42 PM

    Vick drowned dogs. Vick strangled dogs. Vick electrocuted dogs. Vick shot dogs.

    He’s a politician. He gets in front of the cameras and spits out the talking points and everyone suddenly thinks hes a good person. Someone doing what Vick did is beyond rehabilitation. Vick is garbage and a pathetic excuse for a human being.

  36. mazblast says: Oct 11, 2012 5:45 PM

    303bengalguy says:
    Nice statement… written by a lawyer no doubt.
    ——————————————-
    I disagree. It reads like it was written by a human being, not a lawyer. Probably a PR person.

    Then again, if you’re a Bengals fan, you probably know a lot about lawyers writing statements for players to read/release.

  37. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 11, 2012 5:46 PM

    The best person to own a dog IS Michael Vick. Why? because he knows the consequences of abusing one. If you think he would ever want to risk his life and his career and do that again, you are a fool.

  38. starrlady says: Oct 11, 2012 5:48 PM

    He’s a sick mother, he enjoyed torturing and killing too much to be allowed 30 feet from a dog, let alone own one…. I don’t give a sh*t about how his kids need a dog, they should have to pay for the sins of their father now. I hope that scum bag rots in hell.

  39. superputman says: Oct 11, 2012 5:48 PM

    What’s wrong with this, if it’s true?

    His children shouldn’t be punished due to his mistakes – which he has faced punishment for.

    You always hear about how “the system doesn’t work” But, if he and his family can own a dog which is well cared for and loved – doesn’t it actually say “the system worked” ?

  40. starrlady says: Oct 11, 2012 5:50 PM

    If scum bag vick gets a dog, then Sandusky should get a 12 year old. F*ck vick… he used to throw the family pets into the mix, what will stop him now?

  41. santolonius says: Oct 11, 2012 5:51 PM

    i’m sure vick will do fine owning a dog. once you see the dog as your pal and not as a weapon or gambling instrument, it’s pretty easy to sign on emotionally to its well-being. i just hope he got pup pup from the shelter, where adopting it would be the same as saving its life. that would help even the karmic ledger a bit.

  42. lessfrazier says: Oct 11, 2012 5:51 PM

    amoose3 says:Oct 11, 2012 5:32 PM

    Why do Americans put dogs on such a pedestal? WR Donte Stallworth was convicted of DUI manslaughter and he hasnt received nearly the amount of criticism Vick has. AND THATS A HUMAN LIFE. I could list countless other athletes who have done some terrible things and yet none of them are hated or criticized more than Vick. I’m not condoning his actions but he did more than his fair share of time.

    *****

    Why do stupid people post this same argument all the time? Donte Stallworth certainly did not go out and intentionally run over that jaywalking pedestrian. Who knows – he may have hit him even if he was 100% sober.

    However – we DO know that Michael Vick made a conscious decision to abuse and kill those helpless dogs.

  43. tiredeaglesfan says: Oct 11, 2012 5:54 PM

    When asked to comment on the situation, his dog said, “He did WHAT?”.

  44. rg3andout says: Oct 11, 2012 5:58 PM

    come on folks, some of u act like yr saints, everybody has done something in the past that u are embarrassed by, he did his time, let the brother live his life

  45. micklethepickle says: Oct 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    If he wants his kids to learn about how to treat (or more importantly, how NOT to treat) animals, he should just read them the transcripts from his trial. No way should he be trusted with a helpless animal – he obviously has no capacity for emotional relations with other living beings….

  46. jeffa43 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    Ben gets married, Vick gets a dog, Donte Stallworth has a drivers license…

    When will Ray Lewis raise the dead?

  47. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2012 6:01 PM

    Actually, the dogs name is Sturgeon. America is 11 in sturgeon years.

  48. banky74 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:07 PM

    Vick taking care of a dog is like asking Bryant McKinney to take care of your sandwich.

  49. nitro276 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    Good for Mike. He is trying to do the right thing as a father. It’s amazing that so many cannot grasp the concept of Vick having a life off of the football field.

  50. datageek94 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    I for one would like to believe in rehabilitation, but when a man states “What goes on in my personal life is not to be talked about,” I’m not so sure about this one.

    It is easy to parrot words written by your attorney to expression contrition, but far harder to live up to it.

    Funny, most of the players in the league never have to say “What goes on in my personal life is not to be talked about.” But players who have committed wrongs surely are “Ready to move on.” It’s just not up to them.

  51. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    rodgers419 says:
    Oct 11, 2012 5:42 PM
    Vick drowned dogs. Vick strangled dogs. Vick electrocuted dogs. Vick shot dogs.

    He’s a politician. He gets in front of the cameras and spits out the talking points and everyone suddenly thinks hes a good person. Someone doing what Vick did is beyond rehabilitation. Vick is garbage and a pathetic excuse for a human being.
    ______________________________

    Vick isn’t a politician. What good what it do to do all of this for the camera? The only reason he’s doing this for the cameras is to shut people like you up. He wants to own a dog to show he’s a good person? Really? He wants to move on, but everybody else won’t shut up about it.

  52. Big D says: Oct 11, 2012 6:09 PM

    Vick should not be allowed to have a dog or any pet. He has shown he has no problem killing and torturing dogs. He killed his daughter’s dog the first time around. He is the worst type of person for being able to take the life of a dog. I would bet everything that someday he will once again kill dogs.

    I listened one day when a man, who managed to adopt one of the dogs Vick didn’t get around to killing, told stories of how the dog would whimper and cry in the night.

    I wish nothing but terribles things for Vick.

  53. bleedeaglegreen says: Oct 11, 2012 6:10 PM

    Reasoning with Vick defenders is like trying to teach calculus to a chicken.

  54. opneon says: Oct 11, 2012 6:18 PM

    I think that Stallworth got off easy – but he hit a drunk man who witnesses say walked into his car – and he acted responsibly by calling 911 and not waiting for the police. To me, stomping on the head of many innocent dogs raised to savagly kill each other is worse than that; or Ray Lewis’ party defending themselves against 2 guys with guns; or even a drunk Big Ben taking advantage of women in a bar. Vick was sober, calm, and a repeat offender to those who couldn’t defend themselves or report a rape charge.
    That’s the difference.

  55. listenupcupcake says: Oct 11, 2012 6:25 PM

    This is a great thing for Mike Vick and his family. It marks a true sea-change for him. He has learned and taken to heart that what he did was absolutely wrong, and he is learning to give his kids the joy of having a pet, which will ensure they will never repeat his mistakes. Kudos!

    Yes, anyone can change – except, apparently, those with hearts and minds consumed by hate, as some of the posts above demonstrate. Sad.

    Now while this is less important in the grand scheme of things – if Vick could only learn how to read defense and to hold on to the ball….

  56. johnteedee says: Oct 11, 2012 6:25 PM

    Is it another Pit Bull?????????? If it is, nothing has changed for him.

  57. c4nnon says: Oct 11, 2012 6:28 PM

    I think everyone needs to take a look into the mirror before judging someone else and wishing the rot in hell…everyone has a skeleton in the closet, Vick’s was just exposed just sayin

  58. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 11, 2012 6:34 PM

    There are convicted murderers, who served their time, that get treated better than Michael Vick does. Some people can’t let things just BE.

  59. tformation says: Oct 11, 2012 6:36 PM

    I think anti-cruelty is going to have Mike Vick’s number on speed dial.

    And he deserves every OUNCE of harassment he gets from them.

    Having said that, forgiveness is divine. I agree with him on his point about his kids growing up with a dog.

    Still though. Anti-cruelty should be doing regular and often check-ups on Mr. Vick. Annoyingly often. Like, daily.

  60. rando74 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:37 PM

    I hope that dogs name is Iron Throat or Metal Neck

  61. eaglesmetallica says: Oct 11, 2012 6:39 PM

    Sure. Why not? Donte Stallworth has a drivers license.

  62. rogbill says: Oct 11, 2012 6:44 PM

    There is something defective about a person that tortures animals. Vick is defective and should never be allowed to own an animal.

  63. robertocfg says: Oct 11, 2012 6:44 PM

    People think that he still abuses dogs. Because, you know, dog biscuits are commonly used to torture dogs…

  64. SilentMajority says: Oct 11, 2012 6:46 PM

    Good for Vick!

    People just want to keep hating on this guy, and yet there are athletes that have done far worse, and have been forgiven.

  65. billsboy88 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:47 PM

    This is like letting Jerry Sandusky out on parole to coach little league.

  66. keepingitrealdumb says: Oct 11, 2012 6:51 PM

    it is completely fine that he owns a dog

  67. josh69530 says: Oct 11, 2012 6:52 PM

    The dogs name is probably Fumble.

  68. ukpackfan says: Oct 11, 2012 6:58 PM

    So many clueless Vick supporters! On his side because he excites them on the field! To those in favour of him owning a dog, on your logic if a child molester served his time and was ‘rehabilitated’ you would happily let him baby sit your children?! Thought not hypocrites! Wish the dog could sense the evil and waterboard Vick! He served an inadequate sentence and wrongly is back in the NFL. He should be working a 7/11 until he retires!

  69. ladymacesq says: Oct 11, 2012 6:58 PM

    Big D says:
    Oct 11, 2012 6:09 PM
    Vick should not be allowed to have a dog or any pet. He has shown he has no problem killing and torturing dogs. He killed his daughter’s dog the first time around. He is the worst type of person for being able to take the life of a dog. I would bet everything that someday he will once again kill dogs.

    I listened one day when a man, who managed to adopt one of the dogs Vick didn’t get around to killing, told stories of how the dog would whimper and cry in the night.

    I wish nothing but terribles things for Vick.

    ***************

    I work for a shelter/rescue organization that took in (or attempted to) the dogs Vick killed. I have heard stories of dogs being burried alive but in terrible pain due to electrocution.

    I know many dogs were just so far gone that they had to be destroyed. That’s awful.

  70. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 11, 2012 7:01 PM

    “Vick admits to owning a dog”

    So?

  71. billsboy88 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:02 PM

    “….everyone has skeltons in their closet…”

    Sure, I mean who hasn’t funded and managed an inter-state dog fighting/betting ring that tortures animals from the time of their birth and profits off their deaths?

    He did not make one isolated mistake. He knowingly carried out these heinous and illegal acts repeatedly over a span of several years. The only reason he stopped was because he got caught, otherwise he’d still be torturing animals and profiting from it.

  72. jeffa43 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:03 PM

    Vick, “turn over Sturgeon, turn over”

  73. dontstabmeray says: Oct 11, 2012 7:04 PM

    Man this is like Ray Lewis getting a set of steak knives for his birthday…..not a good idea.

  74. jbell33139 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:04 PM

    Why not? People have abortions and are allowed to own children after. Vick should be allowed to own a dog. He did his time.

  75. wtfchiefs says: Oct 11, 2012 7:38 PM

    My butcher just bought a pet cow too

  76. yetimonster says: Oct 11, 2012 7:41 PM

    Ray Lewis did what now?

  77. philly2boston says: Oct 11, 2012 7:42 PM

    poor dog.. he’ll have a humiliating fetch life.. Vick can hadly get the ball to him.. and how’s he gonna learn to hold on to the damn thing when he finds it?

  78. tom69876 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:44 PM

    unlike most professional athletes, this guy has actually served his time for doing something horrible. anyone who is looking to speak negatively over this subject really needs to get a life. good for you Vick. Way to look out for your kids and their wants. more parents should be be that way.

  79. papertiger418 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:44 PM

    I bet he’ll still use it for the purposes of competition, like entering it in the Westminister dog show or something. As long as it’s not that other stuff….

  80. jelliot1978 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:46 PM

    While what he did was horrendous, he did serve time for his crime. At what point does his actions after being released start to mean something positive? To those who call him a monster and should be ‘waterboarded’ need to realize that culture played a big part in his actions. That doesn’t make it right but it still plays a part.

    The funny thing is I would be willing to bet that a majority of the people that are upset about this would actually call themselves Christians. The irony in that is Christ preached forgiveness and you can’t forgive. Sadly you would preach forgiveness when you need it…..hypocrites.

    Kudos to the poster who suggested a kennel dog, I didn’t think of that earlier and I hope they did get it from one.

  81. csilojohnson says: Oct 11, 2012 7:50 PM

    captainwisdom888….. If we all trust the prison system to rehab people? What a joke. You mean the revolving door we call a justice system? I really want to believe that was sarcasm. I’m sure it wasnt though. Might want to pull your head out of your rear and look around a bit. Any society that accepts “for profit prisons” is not in the buisness of rehabilitation. Sad to say but the truth none the less.

  82. bbwasright says: Oct 11, 2012 7:56 PM

    Actually, I think the dog’s name is Hubris.

  83. ddogdaddy says: Oct 11, 2012 8:01 PM

    That’s “ruff”. Really people I think you are “barking” up the wrong tree. I’ll be here all week.

  84. bossaliniee says: Oct 11, 2012 8:08 PM

    Vick I’m sure u already know this, man live your life, do your thing and get a much as much of that 100MILLION dollar contract as u can.U already going to see 40 of it or close to it.Its obvious why the few try to act like they hate u,but shhhhhhh they don’t think we know…lol

  85. cjderby says: Oct 11, 2012 8:13 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Oct 11, 2012 5:46 PM
    The best person to own a dog IS Michael Vick. Why? because he knows the consequences of abusing one. If you think he would ever want to risk his life and his career and do that again, you are a fool.
    ———————————————–
    By that logic, I guess you’ll be looking for a former sex offender to be your next babysitter. Brilliant!

  86. jh500 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:34 PM

    this dog is going to live a better life than every poster on this site.

  87. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 11, 2012 8:53 PM

    bleedeaglegreen says:Oct 11, 2012 6:10 PM

    Reasoning with Vick defenders is like trying to teach calculus to a chicken.
    ———————————————————-
    Not really …. there’s always that one-in-a-billion chance that one chicken might actually get it.

  88. popcrowl says: Oct 11, 2012 9:05 PM

    Hes got a little bit of Mississippi leg hound in him. If he grabs hold of your leg and goes to town, its best to just let him finish.
    “Snots, roll over and let Uncle Clark rub your belly”.

  89. nsideindy says: Oct 11, 2012 9:10 PM

    Wait a minute…I’m still stuck on the fact that he has kids. He’s allowed to care for kids?

  90. tincansailor981 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:27 PM

    So? Who cares if he owns a dog?

  91. vicksprman says: Oct 11, 2012 9:37 PM

    All this hate over a man and his wife that decides to get a dog for his family. Look we understand that Vick did a despicable thing over and over. He went to jail and lost it all. I think the color of his skin has much to do with the hate, deny all you want. When everyone can say they have never committed a sin in their lives then feel free to bash away if not then let this man live his life. To all of the above who have tried to equate running a dog fighting ring to being a pedophile shame on you, please get your priorities straight. Sad strange world we live in.

  92. afabulous48 says: Oct 11, 2012 10:52 PM

    Abuse is abuse. Abuse a child and you should be kept from children. Abuse a dog and you should be kept away from dogs. I’ve never abused either. I choose to have dogs and I rescue dogs and care for them. Those so quick to defend this man because “he’s done his time” must be blind to the cruelty. They must be blind to the torture and death. If you can abuse an animal then you can abuse a child, you can abuse your fellow man. If these people were not in the public limelight making money for their teams it would be a different story. If they did not have fancy lawyers and were just like the common man, they’d be in prison where they belong – living like animals. How profound would that be? What poetic justice!

  93. borderline1988 says: Oct 11, 2012 11:17 PM

    I never believed Vick was truly sorry – he was only sorry for getting caught. But he did do his time and paid heavily for his indiscretion.

    He’s allowed to own a dog just like everyone else, and MV is not stupid enough to not take good care of his new dog.

    So who cares?

  94. eaglesfan29 says: Oct 11, 2012 11:42 PM

    So he can’t have a dog, but its okay for roethlisberger can get married.

  95. cowboyscanada says: Oct 12, 2012 1:16 AM

    I hated what Vick did, but he has made up for it and he should be able to have a dog. He has done a lot of good things for animal rights!

  96. jpagan2288 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:38 AM

    Mike Vick can own a pet if Ben Roethlisberger can have a wife and Donte Stallworth can drive a car.

  97. bleedeaglegreen says: Oct 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    Any outrage for Mike Vick is due to his actions. Show me another professional athlete that tortured animals in the sick & ghoulish ways Mike Vick did.

    As for the Vick supporters that want to bring “hate, forgiveness & skin color” into it, I have a question:

    If Mike Vick wasn’t a professional athlete & was just some fool hanging around your neighborhood that was known for torturing animals & some of the violent behavior he’s exhibited for kicks, would you still be sticking up for him as you do?

    People that advocate for animals don’t just have outrage for Mike Vick, we have the same feeling for anyone that hurts, abuses or tortures animals. Animal advocates protest many avenues of animal cruelty, not just Mikey. Vick supporters don’t advocate for people that have committed violent crimes & stick up for them, just for Mike Vick.

    Get the difference?? Animal advocates would be there no matter who it is, if Vick wasn’t a professional athlete & played for “their” team the people that stick up for Vick wouldn’t care.

  98. slomax10 says: Oct 12, 2012 12:29 PM

    People comparing Mike Vick to murders and child molesters….get some help, please.

    He killed some dogs.

    People don’t do time for killing dogs. He pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture”.

    Our whole culture supports the killing of animals for our gain (cows, chickens, etc). Why are dogs so special?? I personally hate dogs, cats or any other filty animal living in my home. The SPCA kills thousands of dogs and cats every year – but keep donating your money to them though. It’s not like there are starving or sick kids in North America or anything. Those cats and dogs need our money more!! The sicko’s in this world are the people that care more about animals than people.

  99. themonkeyman says: Oct 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    @slomax

    He tortured for fun.

    Cows & chickens are slaughtered for food. Next you’ll be saying how hunting is the same thing. Do hunters intentionally wound an animal & then inflict more & more pain on an animal as it screams & cries in pain as they double over in laughter? Did Vick eat what he killed?

    The aspca kills dogs humanely, they do not torture them as they scream in pain & they all stand around & laugh.

    The sickos are people that do not understand the difference between slaughtering for food & the difference between “putting an unwanted animal down” vs torturing for fun & entertainment.

    Please tell us how it’s ok to torture, why that is alright. Give us a reasonable explanation for taking an animal that is suffering & making it feel even more pain for personal amusement is acceptable.

    Do some actual reading & get educated on what people that torture intentionally & enjoy inflicting pain on defenseless animals are capable of instead of just spewing & ranting on subjects you are obviously uneducated in.

  100. slomax10 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:54 PM

    @themonkeyman

    Yeah….I’m the one that is uneducated. Apparently kids starving to death in your own back yard doesn’t bother you. But you’re more “humane” than I because you care more about animals. I donate all my time and charity to helping sick and hungry kids and until that issue is solved I couldn’t care any less about dogs, cats, goldfish or idiots like you. You probably throw away more food than 5% of this country can afford to buy….but have a great weekend hunting deer and taking your dog for a walk.

  101. slomax10 says: Oct 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    and just so I understand your point…..as long as I “humanely” go about killing, it’s acceptable right? Does that include people? Who gave anyone the right to kill anything is my question to you….

    let’s take care of the sick and needy PEOPLE first.

  102. themonkeyman says: Oct 12, 2012 2:33 PM

    @slomax

    Name calling? Why coming from a Vick defender is that not surprising.

    Killing & intentional torture are completely different subjects. As previously requested, once you educate yourself on what people that torture helpless creatures to satisfy some sort of dark personal yearning are capable of we can resume an educated discussion. Until then you are giving me opinion as opposed to fact.

    Why do Vick defenders bring in subjects that have no bearing on the matter at hand? Because there is no defense for torture of any creature for fun that’s why. Bottom line friend: although tragic, hungry people have no bearing on Mike Vicks sickness.

  103. steelerben says: Oct 12, 2012 3:17 PM

    Vick has done some terrible things. His treatment of dogs makes me sick. The coldblooded nature of the acts of violence are haunting. For anyone that would like to take the stand point that “they are just animals” I would counter with Ghandi’s “you can judge a nation on the way it treats its animals”.

    That being said, Michael Vick’s treatment of these dogs was heavily influenced by the culture that he was raised in. It is sad, but there is a large portion of the population that feels that animals do not deserve to be treated humanely.

    As far as the accusation that he is only sorry because he was caught, how many people experience remorse for doing things that they get away with? Especially when he did not believe what he was doing was wrong. Isn’t the important part being sorry?

    Vick has mentioned in multiple interviews how his experience humbled him. A fall from grace like that has a way of forcing humility. He has said that with his time in jail and his work with the Humane Society has helped him reach an epiphony. If this is the case then it is important for him to bring a dog into the home and teach his children how to care for and respect animals. Not only will it help change the culture and stop the cycle, but it should also help Vick attone for his sins. No amount of speeches or good deeds after the fact will erease what he has done, and I will never be a fan of Vick. But not even playing for the Eagles should mean you don’t deserve redemption.

  104. slomax10 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:33 PM

    who said I am a vick defender? Not one of my posts actually says I support him or what he did. I just want people to focus enegery and time to helping people and spending time and energy chastising the fact that mike vick owns a dog helps no one. I have never said that I agree with what he did, I just want people to put all this hate they have into actually helping people. I don’t believe in killing anything for the record, so what vick did and what you do on the weekend either hunting or buying some steaks is the same thing to me. not helping people when it’s the easiest thing to do should be more important than animals is all i am saying. And I am not your friend….

  105. jburns219 says: Oct 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    @pappavike, Define “fighting breed”?

  106. fatjimi says: Oct 12, 2012 4:12 PM

    I don’t have issue with him having a dog for his kids. I just really hope this is a kennel dog. It would do his heart good to love a “bait dog” type that he used to use and abuse. If he has a full blood pedigree pit-bull from one of his homie breeding sites then I have issue. That would tell me the dog is for him and he’ll still train it with fighting dog tactics – that’s all he knows. Kids don’t want a pit – they want a “buddy” or a “lassie”. No I don’t have an issue with pits – I have an issue with him having a pit.

  107. escapedconvict says: Oct 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    Is that in violation of the terms of his probation / parole? If not, great. If so, go get him.

  108. escapedconvict says: Oct 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    I’d like to introduce the shakiest Chihuahua in all of Philadelphia.

  109. aplusvision says: Oct 16, 2012 11:35 AM

    Vick having a dog, are you kidding me. First off, I don’t think this guy should EVER have been let back in the league. What he did was UNFORGIVABLE. As far as him now owning a dog.. That’s like a pedophile getting out of jail and being allowed to be a scout leader. This guy ENJOYED killing dogs with his bare hands. I don’t feel you can change his spots just like that. As far as though saying he did his time. Lets say someone with a DWI does his penalty, they don’t let him now drink and drive. Sure they can own booze, but if they own it, they will drink it, and if they drink it, they will drive.

    I would be looking for a way over the back fence if I was his dog. HE DOESN”T DESERVE a second chance when it comes to owning animals, he lost that chance at the end of a rope.

  110. raylewis52 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    ^^ So who are you the one to tell what a man deserves ? You guys can whine and cry all you want. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s a free man who served his debt, and now turned his life around making millions of dollars.

  111. savannahrose44 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:40 AM

    People who have a history of child abuse are not given access to children. People with a history of animal abuse should not be given access to animals.

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