- Associated Press - Thursday, December 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick hopes to own a dog again someday _ and the head of the Humane Society of the United States says he’s fine with that, once Vick is off probation.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted dogfighting-ring operator tells TheGrio.com that he genuinely cares for animals and one day hopes to have a dog as a household pet. Vick says it would a “big step” in his rehabilitation process.

Vick served 18 months in prison after being convicted in 2007. A federal judge also banned Vick from owning a dog during three years of probation after his release from prison.

Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle says it’s “too early” for Vick to have a dog now, but says it could be a “good thing” for Vick and his family after his probation ends.

(This version CORRECTS that dog ownership ban is not for a lifetime.)

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