Ever since Michael Vick finished his 21-month prison term for running a massive dogfighting ring, he has made no secret that.
Now it appears that wish has come true.
According to philly.com, the Eagles quarterback does indeed have a canine in the house -- a move that is certain to stir outrage among some pet advocates.
"I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," Vick said in a statement released by his publicist. "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. 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 had been barred from owning a dog under his original parole conditions but that ban has since expired.
News of Vick's dog ownership had leaked prior to the statement. The sports blog Crossing Broad posted a seemingly innocuous Twitter photo showing the QB and his daughter studying in the Vick household. But the most noticeable object in the room: a box of Milk Bones dog biscuits on the right side of the photo.
Vick received a hostile reception by many angry fans in Philadelphia in 2009 soon after his prison term ended, and he is still a polarizing figure in sports. According to a, he remains one of the most disliked athletes in America. But Vick has worked to improve him image. Last year, he to pass an anti-dogfighting bill and he continues filming public service announcements to warn of the dangers of animal cruelty.