Wayne Pacelle and Michael Vick, continued: the reactions (really, Barbara Walters??)

Michael Vick wants to get a dog. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle supports him (for the full story, check out yesterday’s post).

Michael Vick:

“I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”

Wayne Pacelle:

 “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner.”

The reactions to those statements (in one case in particular) are as surprising as the original quotes. A few notables:

Barbara Walters:

“Yes, I would let him watch Cha-Cha. I think that he’s learned his lesson, and he’s not going to abuse this dog.”

Anderson Cooper:

“I’d sooner stay in a Motel 6 run by Norman Bates [than let Vick have a dog].”

Donna Reynolds (BADRAP founder):

“File this one in your ‘Have you been SMOKING CRACK?!’ category…”

Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell“:

“Sorry, Michael Vick, there are limits to redemption. Redemption isn’t giving a bank robber a job as a teller. It isn’t letting a convicted child molester run a day care center. And it isn’t handing someone convicted of driving under the influence the keys to a car and a bottle of rum. Redemption is certainly not giving a man who participated in gruesome cruelty against animals the chance to bring home a four-legged companion.”