It's legal. Nobody can do anything about it. We just have to hope that he does well by Angel. People are keeping an eye, evidently, so maybe that will help.
Dogster.com ran an article about it (linked above), and in the comments I expressed my surprise that he'd selected a Belgian Malinois, typically used as Military Working dogs, police dogs, or for the sport of Schutzhund, and wondered at his plans for said dog. Somebody called me idiotic, which I thought was extra classy (I guess they don't moderate their comments. Though, all in all, this is the Internet. If being called idiotic makes me take my toys and go home, I should seek other hobbies). That individual wondered if I believed any "civilian" should receive that sort of scrutiny when selecting a Malinois. Well, maybe. But civilian isn't my keyword here.
(public domain picture of a Malinois from Wikipedia)
Belgian Malinois are a working breed much like Dobermans in that, if an individual dog is from a working line, the dog can be highly intelligent, very energetic, and possessed of a high drive. Individuals unprepared for the sort of persistent energy that a dog like that is willing to bring to the table may become frustrated and overwhelmed very quickly. Puppies like that (the Dogster article says she's a puppy) can be very very mouthy (it's part of the point), and need constant management for their frenetic brains. Puppies like that can be very destructive in the house, and very vocal. There is generally discussion of puppies like that "needing a job", which is why they do so well as MWD, K9s, and in Schutzhund and other sports.
So, with a person like Michael Vick, who has already displayed poor decision making skills with regards to animals in his care, do I think a Malinois is a good fit? No. Do I think he should have any dog? No. But he's allowed. And he picked a working breed.
I in fact wonder who it was entrusted a dog to his care. I'm fairly certain no rescue and no reputable breeder would do such a thing, which leaves pet stores and puppy mills. This does not speak well for the socialization and potential temperament of his Malinois. If you've got dogs in little cages that you're just kind of throwing together to make puppies, there's no telling what you're actually producing. And owners buying such dogs are not experienced enough to know what they should be looking for in a breed, and how to handle potential problems. Typically. Obviously, few things are set in stone. As evidenced by Michael Vick having a dog in his care. Again.
I wish Angel the best. I hope that Vick truly does want to do good work for animal welfare, and that he has taken the lesson to heart. I hope this dog lives a long and happy life and never knows fear or abuse. I hope Vick's children grow up with a good example of how to raise a dog in your home. So many people are watching and angry; I really want to see Vick prove us wrong and not make his mistakes again.