Michael Vick Not Fit to Own a Dog, Says ASPCA

July 23rd, 2012
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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reacted strongly to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s recent statement that he might get a dog for his kids.

“Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the well being of animals,” the ASPCA said, according to TMZ.com.

“We’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. Rather than talk about the horrors and brutalities of dogfighting, Vick has instead chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught. Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.”

Vick has appeared on NFL Network and other shows this week to promote his new autobiography, “Finally Free.” He told CNN’s Piers Morgan that he was a dog lover growing up, and said he might want to own a dog again for his kids.

Vick, then the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, pleaded guilty to federal felony charges in 2007 and served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.

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