Convicted animal cruelty offender Michael Vick thinks he is ready to get a dog. The NFL quarterback who was behind a dog fighting ring and responsible for the death, physical and mental harm of countless dogs believes he is ready to be a caring companion animal guardian.
In a recent interview with TheGrio, Vick said:
“I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. 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.”
Personally, I’ve always wondered if Vick’s public service and change of heart have all been a PR ploy to secure his multi-million dollar NFL contracts. Saying things like how much he wants to “show people” that he genuinely cares as a reason for getting a dog only make me more suspicious. But Wayne Pacelle, president of animal protection powerhouse HSUS, also believes he is ready. Pacelle said, “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner.”
Vick has been working with HSUS to educate youth about the horrors of dog fighting. In the interview he said, “I hate to use our culture as an excuse, but it is what it is and that’s what happened and that’s the way I thought about it growing up. This is just the way we were brought up.” Now, he is trying to show kids who might have grown up with the same impressions that animal cruelty is not okay.
No one has to worry quite yet about Vick getting a dog. There is a court ordered rule that won’t allow him to have a canine companion of his very own.