Philly.com - Five years after agents raided his dog fighting compound in southern Virginia and rescued Handsome Dan, Sweet Jasmine and 49 other badly damaged pit bulls, Michael Vick owns a dog again.
Philly.com Eagles beat writer Jeff McClane reported yesterday that Vick released a statement saying he and his family had "obtained" a pet.
The news comes just days after Vick watchers spotted a box of Milk Bones sitting on the kitchen table in a picture tweeted by Vick.
We don't know where the dog came from, its age, its breed or even its name.
Under terms of his probation, Vick could not own a dog until May. Last fall his fiancée had purchased a parrot for their children, and Vick spoke publicly on several occasions of his desire to have a dog again for his children's sake.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement released by his publicist. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.
Many people won't forget Vick's past "relationship with animals."
Vick was sentenced to 18 months in prison for running an interstate dog fighting ring, not for animal abuse. But by his own admission, we know Vick beat his dogs with shovels, electrocuted them and drowned them.
Many of his canine victims who were rescued went on to find loving homes. But some will spend their lives in shelters because they are too psychologically damaged to be companion pets. [For a heart-stirring read on the fate of the surviving dogs read Jim Gorant's "The Lost Dogs."]
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Written by Amy Worden
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