Convicted Dogfighter, NFL MVP Candidate Would Like to Own Dog Again for Rehabilitative Purposes

Michael Vick: “I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.”
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Michael Vick  of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

When current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was prosecuted for operating an unlawful interstate dogfighting venture, financing the operation, and directly participating in executions of dogs in 2007, a judge banned him from ever owning another dog.

Despite the judge’s ruling, the 2010 NFL MVP candidate revealed his desire to own another dog for rehabilitative purposes during an interview with NBC News and TheGrio.com. Vick, 30, would also like the opportunity to prove that he can be a responsible pet owner.

“I would love to get another dog in the future,” the convicted dogfighter said, ESPN.com reports. “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; I think it would be outstanding.

“If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: Telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”

Vick has resurrected a career most thought was all but over when he was sentenced to serve 23 months in federal prison three years ago. The three-time Pro Bowler claims to be a “better person” because the entire situation changed his life dramatically.

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