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Michael Vick confirms his family owns a dog

Michael Vick confirmed his family recently obtained a dog. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

A day after declining to answer whether he owned a dog, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick confirmed in a statement that his family recently got a dog.

“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.”

Questions about Vick owning a dog were spurred recently when a home photo showing an open box of Milkbone dog biscuits on Vick's table was tweeted from his Twitter account and seen on CrossingBroad.com. The tweet was later deleted, followed by a similar image without the box.

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