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On Monday, we announced our suspicion that Michael Vick had a dog after he Tweeted a photo that showed an open box of Milk Bones dog treats on the table (and minutes later removed the photo, replacing it with an almost identical photo, sans Milk Bones).
Today, those suspicions are confirmed.
In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Vick’s PR team confirmed that the family does, indeed, now include a dog.
Vick says, “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.”
Vick goes on, “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.”
Vick continues, “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 not yet disclosed what type of dog he is not caring for, although it’s safe to assume based on his recent interview with Piers Morgan on CNN that it’s “certainly not a pit bull.”
Dog lovers around the country are devastated that someone that committed acts of cruelty to animals so vicious could ever legally own a dog again, and we’ll be watching Vick like a hawk.