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Dog Killer Michael Vick: I Want Another Dog

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Dec. 15 2010, Published 6:45 a.m. ET

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In a jaw-dropping interview, NFL star quarterback Michael Vick says he would love to get another dog.

Vick went to federal prison for running a dog fighting ring, setting up the operation on his Virginia property. Vick and his partners executed dogs that did not perform well, killing them by hanging, drowning, electrocution and even slamming one to the ground.

Now, after re- emerging as an NFL star with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick says: “I would love to have another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.”

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Vick is legally not allowed to own a dog.

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He explains his cringe-inducing cruelty to dogs in the past this way: “When I was younger I got caught up in dog fighting…It was something to do.

“I hate to use our culture as an excuse. It is what it is. I love animals. I lovedogs. I love birds. I love all types of animals.

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“But this is just the way I was brought  up.

“Nobody ever told me it was the wrong thing to do.”

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The United States government eventually did tell him it was the wrong thing to do, sending him to prison. Vick now works with the Humane Society and talks to students about dog fighting.

Is Vick sincere? Leave your comments below.

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