Michael Vick has finally admitted that he does have a dog

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Michael Vick has finally admitted that he does have a dog, and he also says it’s for a good reason—his kids.

"I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet," Vick said. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.”

While Vick was on probation he was not able to own a dog but, his probation ended over the summer. A few months ago he told Piers Morgan that he wanted a dog for his kids.

Last week a Vick tweet that showed his daughter doing homework held a little reveal--with some Milkbones off to the side of the table. When he retweeted the same pic, the bones were gone.

Michael Vick Twitter/via Daily Mail

He's avoided the question but finally told TMZ after days of public speculation: "Yeah, we have a dog,"

“This is an opportunity to break the cycle," he said. "To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."

Vick was sentenced to 23 months in jail and probation for operating a dog fighting ring.