After spending 18 months in federal prison in a dogfighting case, Michael Vick has decided to get a dog as a family pet.
"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."
After Vick was released from prison in 2009, he began working for the Humane Society to speak out against animal cruelty.