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Yes, Michael Vick Owns a Dog

After his Twitter kerfuffle last week, Vick owns up to owning a "pet," but we're pretty sure it's a dog.

 |  Oct 12th 2012  |   86 Contributions

A few days ago we wrote about Michael Vick's dumb Twitter experience, in which he posted a picture that contained a box of Milk Bone dog biscuits, and later he deleted the photo in favor of the same image without the dog biscuits. 

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Milk-Bone top right. In a subsequent photo the box disappeared.

Speculation ran rampant that Vick now owns a dog and was desperately trying to cover it up. 

It turns out he was. Vick now owns a dog, and he was desperately trying to cover it up. 

Or, rather, he owns a "pet." In a statement released by his publicist concerning the dog, Vick did not use the word "dog." He used the word "pet." Twice. We don't know whether it's a dog (but it almost certainly is) and we don't know whether it's a Pit Bull (let's hope not). Here's the full statement, via  

I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. 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 has said in the past, controversially, that he wanted a dog -- pet -- for his kids, because it was their "dream," and to take that away from them was "selfish on my behalf."

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Lucas and Mel, two of Vick's previous dogs, who were seized from Michael Vick and placed with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Photos by Gary Kalpakoff for Best Friends.

If you're looking for a silver lining on this, there it is. We hope his kids will care for the dog and love the dog -- all the things you're supposed to do to a dog instead of killing it, which was Vick's previous approach -- and perhaps teach Vick to do the same. 


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