Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick, tweeted a picture earlier this week of himself playing on an iPad while his daughter studied at the kitchen table. The problem? There was a box of Milkbone dog treats sitting on the table, and Vick, as you know, was convicted on felony dog fighting charges. As part of Vick’s probation, he was forbidden to own a dog for three years. That time was up in July of 2012, and it appears that Vick, well within his rights, has adopted a dog.
”I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement. ”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,” Vick added. ”To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.” You can bet that every aspect of Vick’s dog ownership will be scrutinized. Every picture taken with the animal will be dissected for signs of cruelty, every picture of his backyard will be pored over for any hint of illegal dog-fighting. But the truth of the matter remains this: while Vick was convicted of heinous crimes towards animals, this is different. His family should not be deprived of pet ownership, just because of the mistakes he made. He should be very cautious about how he proceeds with pet ownership, but the price was already paid for his mistakes.