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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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31.

Veronica    

To poster # 2:

You are so stupid!!

You are making this issue about racism, these person or any person who mistreats an animal should be put behind bars regardless of their skin color!!!

This evil guy deserves to be punished!!!

STOP DOGFIGHTING IS CRUEL!!!!

2568 days ago
32.

lucky    

Thug, gangster and criminal. I hope he is convicted for all those dogs they slaughtered, starved, beat, and forced to fight. He is a pig and I hope he goes straight to Hell. The NFL should kick him out now, this thug belongs in jail.

2568 days ago
33.

bem    

jj this has nothing to do with him being black. I have a feeling the racism is on your side.

As for Vick, he should be kicked out of the NFL and sent to prison for life!
He is sick!

2568 days ago
34.

Runaways Fan    

He's a sick evil evil man! There is a special place in hell for people like him who murder and maim innocent animals. I wish they'd lock him up and throw away the key. But they won't because he's rich and famous and they were 'just animals'. With money you can get away with anything including murder.

2568 days ago
35.

brenda    

This monster should suffer the exact same thing the innocent animals did.

Kill the bastard

2568 days ago
36.

Shame    

WHAT???

A another black man getting pulled down by the white man. Whats new???

When is slavery going to end?

Have you lost your mind, or do you even have one?!!
This has nothing to do with race. I don't care what color you are.
Anyone who mistreats animals or children are sick.
I hope he losses every dime he has made.
How stupid can he be??

2568 days ago
37.

lucky    

Who do we call, write and email to demand he be kicked out of the NFL?

2568 days ago
38.

MeLrose    

Right on "Rose"!!! HE SHOULD be Shot execution style- At CLOSE RANGE- ya left that out,,,,,,,,,,,,,lol

2568 days ago
39.

kelly    

I wish this was a felony punishable by lethal injection. I wish the dogs would've fought him.

2568 days ago
40.

Mr Paxil    

i agree, he is an idiot, can't wait to see his friends, they sound top notch. On a more positive note, who has the best boobs? Jessica S, Posh Beckham, Britney or Lindsay??? I say Ms Beckham

2568 days ago
41.

Natalie in Lex, KY    

Some one should put his a$$ on that rape stand.

2568 days ago
42.

Sebastian    

This Bastard should be burned at the stake !!!

2568 days ago
43.

My oh my    

Vick, what is wrong with you? You deserve to rot in hell for this one! You choose to play ball, the dogs do not choose to fight. I'll keep you in my prayers - that is prayers that hope the rest of your life is 7 times more miserable than the pain suffered by your most brutally mauled canine victim. Rot in hell.

2568 days ago
44.

FABIO    

Kick him out of the NFL! NOW!!!!

And if they don't, we should all boycott any prodcucts advertised on NFL games!!!!

This is just plain sick............

2568 days ago
45.

noitall    

********************HALLELUIAH -- THE DOGS WON THIS FIGHT, A--WIPE!!!!!!!!!! YOU BETTER GET YOUR HANDY DANDY RAPE STAND READY, VICKY 'CAUSE YOU'RE GONNA NEED IT WHERE WE ALL HOPE YOU'RE GOING. AND KEEP THAT PURDY, SMIRK ON YOUR FACE WHEN BUBBA'S SQUEEZIN' THROUGH YOUR TIGHT END.

There are a lot of dog lovers in jail and you can be their BITCH !!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!

2568 days ago
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