(TMZ) Michael Vick has finally said squarely ... his family does indeed have a dog.
There's been a lot of controversy over whether Vick -- who served hard time for brutally killing multiple dogs, should own one again.
Vick says, "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals."
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