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Michael Vick

Busted for Illegal Dogfighting

7/17/2007 7:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0717_michael_vick_bn_getty-1It's dog days for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and others, after being indicted today on federal charges related to illegal dogfighting.

Vick was charged with illegal competitive dogfighting, which involves training pit bulls to fight against other dogs. When authorities searched Vick's property this month, they found 54 pit bulls and a host of brutal items including a "rape stand," used to hold dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified for dogs and a bloodied piece of carpeting.

Graves of seven pit bulls were found inside "Bad Newz Kennels," a Virginia property owned by Vick. The dogs were allegedly killed after testing whether they would be good fighters. According to documents, dogfights would end when one dog died or backed down, and dogs were sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gunshot, electrocution or some other method.

The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began sponsoring dogfights in early 2001, the former Virginia Tech star's rookie year with the Falcons.

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diva007    

I think as an africian -American he should be totally embarrassed it a darn disgrace that in the 400 plus years of freedom he portrayed the same picture as slavery , this is one of the effects psychological that still exist even toady. He should really reflect to see what he's doing to dogs is what they did to ancestors. The youth today are already fighting to live and this is not an example of a responsible adult yet alone a human being. MIKE VICK take out your checkbook and make a public apology because in the end you wouldn't want your grand children to even stepped that low ....goes to show even money can't change your mind.

2633 days ago
152.

Boo Hoo    

That is so cruel. He better do time for this.

2633 days ago
153.

lucky    

Ignore Honey Fried Chicken hes been sniffing glue...

2633 days ago
154.

asap    


This is about HUMAN BEINGS acting illegally and being cruel ,not about race! If this was
a story about Joe Montana or any hispanic sports great ,everyone who cares about animals would be just as outraged! The dogs didn't care what color their abusers were...they were just terrified and in incredible pain until they were murdered . No Excuses! anyone not outraged by this needs immediate help. I didn't even think about Vicks race ! I was thinking of the dogs!

2633 days ago
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Hilarious    

If the NFL doesn't kick him out, I think he should be boycotted by all fans and teams. This jerk will not be on my fantasy football team. I think I will send the NFL some comments regarding my viewership if he stays.

2633 days ago
156.

A    

---Gitmocap---


Ha, are you for real? Its not about race, animal cruelty is animal cruelty. Nobody is condemming him because he's black, just because he took part in the torturing and killing of innocent animals.

And dont compare this to the benoit murder suidice. If you took a look at all the posts concerning that, you'd see that there are tons of angry comments.

2633 days ago
157.

Bird    

No one needs to boycott his sponsors. You can rest assured all of his endorsement deals have already been voided. I'm interested to see what the Valcons will do. It may be up to the fans to force their hand otherwise they might take the innocent until proven guilty stance.

2633 days ago
158.

Trish    

Everything comes full circle. This idiot will get his-they all do.
It's nice to see how many dog lovers there are out there. Hopefully this cruel, vicious blood-sport will come to end. We all need to have our voices heard-we can make a difference.

2633 days ago
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Nikki    

This is an absolute disgrace. I can not believe some of the things people are capable of. But of course he has money so I am sure he will be able to buy himself out of this mess and nothing further will be done. It amazes me that in this day and age a man can kill an animal or another human being for no good reason and get away with it or be out into our correctional facilities for the tax payer to take care of, but an animal kills a man in self defense and that animal is put to death immediately. Crazy isn't it?!

2633 days ago
160.

hotrod    

this guy is the lowest of the low, he should raped, strangled and drowned just like he did to those poor dogs. fame and fortune and this is what you do with yourself?? what a f'in loser

2633 days ago
161.

Boo Hoo    

I remember when some guy lit a cat on fire close to where I live and he was conviicted and thrown in jail. Unless this guy gets O.J.'s jurors the same should happen to him.

2633 days ago
162.

Andrea    

What an inspiration to all your fans, Vick. Way to be a part of the solution...

2633 days ago
163.

laura    

What a jerk. He has no empathy. He needs to rot in jail. I am so glad they caught him. JERK!!!!!!!!!!!

2633 days ago
164.

white boy    

that's really sick but nothing will happen to this guy, maybe a fine of $20,000.

2633 days ago
165.

Areial    

JJ (post #2),

You are clearly disillusioned. Did you read the same story that the rest of us read? Stick to the issues...this was about animal cruelty, not about ethnic background. Your thought process is way, way off base and is justification for higher education!

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