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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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kool55kitty    

I would like to put him on a rape stand and then let the dogs have a chance at him. Then string him up by his toes, set him on fire and then let him rot in hell!!! Bastard

2469 days ago
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A    

Anyone who abuses animals like that is sick. He should be jailed.

2469 days ago
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Aunt Jerimiah    

This guy deserves to die. Nothing more needs to be said.

2469 days ago
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VCVW    

Absolutely disgusting. I'm a strong advocated that any form of animal abuse ought to be turned around and used on the abuser. As for the "black man being brought down comment"- you'd think they a "black man" would know better than to treat a defenseless animal (or even a human for that matter) in the same form their descendants were treated. Its not excuse and anyone who uses race as an excuse to turn an eye on the crime is just as guilty as the crime-doer.

2469 days ago
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Doug    

He is one sick man. These thins DO go on and people need to know about them. I hope the NFL takes this as serious as it should be taken. The man lost his rights.
and to he person who posted another example of a black man being take down by the white man....what are you thinking? Are you that moronic that you don't see what brought this man down? It was his own doing...nothing more.

2469 days ago
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sus    

hey "jj" this isn't about the guy being black... he's torturing innocent animals for no reason! don't you think this is barbaric, cruel harted and pointless? have you never had a pet? those dogs have no idea what's going on, and they are being tortured!! you should be ashame of yourself!

2469 days ago
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Mindy    

The NFL needs to kick his ass out!!! How can someone murder animals like this? Oh, that's right, he's black. He will get away with a slap on the wrist because he is black AND famous. Vick - I hope you burn in hell!

2469 days ago
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kathy    

What a horrible person Vick is!!! Let him along and defenseless with one of his dogs. I hope he goes to jail for a very long time. He is an animal.

2469 days ago
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Crystal H    

What a bastard!!! He deserves all the punishment.
And this jj idiot talking about another black man held down by the white man needs to go kick rocks. This has nothing to do with slavery you freaking idiot.

Man be someone should say JJ another idiot that chalks everything up to racism. IDIOT!!!

2469 days ago
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ParisCraft    

What an idiot.... risk everything that you've worked for....for a stupid dog fight...disgusting what he did to those dogs. that is just wrong..may he come back as a dog...he should loose it all..I have no respect for him I bet many other people won't either..

2469 days ago
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MeLrose    

What a sickkkkkkkkkkk prick. The EXACT same thing should be done to his sorry ugly ass. Then again, the sick twisted bastard might LIKE it- Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ALL the sick bastards in the world need to be lined up and just shot off one by one-Soo tired off sick/evil/psychos}

2469 days ago
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Mindy    

Oh by the way, who is gonna get raped now BITCH???? Huh? I hope you like it from behind.

2469 days ago
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Jackie    

I wish people like this could get the death penalty. I hope he gets mauled by some pitbulls one day.

2469 days ago
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rose    

That sick bastard should be torchered,then shot execution style!

2469 days ago
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AVB    

Can we get tickets to m. vick's public hanging?
Oh whoops sadly that is never going to happen, but what a beautiful thing it would be!!!
What a dumb ass piece of crap, excuse of a human being he is.

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