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Humane President: 'Too early' for Vick to Own Dog
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.

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