The football player was suspended from the NFL in August 2007, after being convicted for hosting illegal dog fighting matches which resulted in the deaths of several animals.
After recent reports that he had adopted a dog for his family, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback came under fire from animal rights groups who deemed his owning of a pet inappropriate.
The reports were prompted by a Twitter picture taken in his kitchen, which showed an opened box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits on the kitchen table.
In a statement obtained by TMZ, Vick acknowledged the reports, saying: "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 added: "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.
"This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honour my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."
Shortly after serving time for his crimes, Vick admitted that he believed getting a pet dog would help him to move on with his life.
He has volunteered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a spokesperson for its anti-dogfighting campaign since his release from prison in 2009.
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