CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — Outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell told reporters on Tuesday that “he would like to see” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick get a dog.
“I think when he’s off probation, I would like to see him get a dog, because I think that dog would be treated awfully nice,” Rendell said at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Chester.
Rendell wanted to remind people how Vick routinely makes community visits, often without media attention, to speak out against dog fighting.
“The SPCA says he’s done great things,” Rendell said.
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Vick served 18 months in prison for his role in a dog fighting operation. Following his release, Vick was sentenced to three years probation, which ends in May 2012. One of the terms of his probation is that he cannot own a dog during that time.
During a recent interview, Vick stated that he would like to bring a dog into his home when his probation ends.
With the Eagles’ season now done, attention turns to the team’s future — particularly that of Vick.
During the interview with reporters, Rendell said he hopes the Eagles do, in fact, sign Vick to a long-term contract.
Rendell also says he’s gotten no grief at all in the aftermath of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview in which he lost his composure on camera with correspondent Lesley Stahl while discussing casino gambling (see related story).
He insists he wasn’t exasperated with Stahl, but rather with an off-camera producer who kept asking the same question over and over again.
Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.