“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” said Vick. “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.”
Vick declined comment Wednesday when the subject was broached.
“I’m here to strictly talk about football,” said Vick. “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 a win this Sunday.”
As detailed by Crossing Broad, Vick tweeted a picture last week that showed a box of dog biscuits on the table where he and his daughter were sitting.
Vick was released from prison in May of 2009 after serving 19 months for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. He served another two months of home confinement and remained on probation until July of this year. He was unable to own a dog under the terms of the probation, but is free to do so now.
Vick expressed his desire to own a dog back in December of 2010.
“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,” Vick said. “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.”
The Humane Society of the United States declined comment.