Allow Michael Vick to get a dog for his kids

Michael Vick has made it known over the past few days that he wants to own a dog again one day in the future. According to the terms of his probation, he cannot buy, sell or own a dog and some critics feel that decision should be permanent. It’s completely understandable to question why a former orchestrator of dog deaths should be banned for life from owning a dog. Personally, I don’t think Michael Vick deserves the right to own another dog. But I don’t think his kids should pay the price for his sins for the rest of their lives either. Here’s another perspective to consider. There are convicted felons all across America who regain several rights, most important the right to vote, after their term is done. Everywhere that is except Kentucky and Virginia, the last remaining states who disallow the voting rights of convicted felons. People, who have committed far worse crimes, have regained far greater rights (maybe some that should be challenged). So Michael Vick owning a dog one day is a small drop in the bucket in comparison. Michael Vick briefly addressed this during a very bland interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show Friday. “It’s a tough situation to be in and I just felt like if given an opportunity, I would make the most of it. And I will show people that not’s what I’m really about. I won’t get into a big dissertation about what happened and why I got involved in that because it’s something I’ve talked about repeatedly over and over again. Everybody knows the story and situation. You know it’s tough for my kids, tough for my family, it’s tough for me because, like I’ve said, I’ve always owned a dog growing up. but I respect my judge’s decision… I would never try to impose on any rule he ruled and I guess I just have to wait. It may happen, it may never happen. But I do know how to take care of my responsibilities.” -Michael Vick

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