Michael Vick told a gathering of children in New Jersey that he would like to have a dog.
“I wish I could have a dog right now more than anything in the world,” the convicted dogfighter and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback told children at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark.
A federal court judge banned Vick from owning dogs.
Vick’s appearance, according to NBC News in New York, was about the sixth he’s made with the Humane Society of the United States since his release from prison and house arrest in July.
“Everything you read and everything you heard was true — except for the electrocution,” he said, denying the widely repeated accusation that he electrocuted dogs that didn’t perform well as fighters. “That never happened.”
Vick said he’s hopeful he’ll have a dog again one day. “I don’t know when that day is going to come. It’s up to my judge at his discretion,” he said.
When asked by one of the children why he participated in dog fighting, Vick responded: “I don’t understand why to this day.” But he told them, “use me as an example for you not to do the things that would lead you down the wrong path.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 2nd, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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