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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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781.

noitall    

To JCaprio.........."kind, descent, loving mother" ??!!?? You have GOT to be kidding! This kind of cruel and inhumane behavior does not happen overnight. This b-tch was asleep at the wheel. Vick was building up to this his whole stinking life. I'll bet "mamma" was just too busy rubbing her hands together thinking about all the millions her kid could make. She didn't care to pay attention to his extra curricular activities with the home boys. This noboby, lowlife, 2 years of college, non-graduating loser. Now add to that a FELON in several states for some of the most heinous crimes known to man........I bet "mamma"'s real proud.

2589 days ago
782.

Jeezlouise    

The evidence is so overwhelming: 66 dogs on your property, treadmills, a rape stand, dog pens, chains, blood soaked carpets, at least 4 credible witnesses who will swear in a court of law Vick was present at specific fights and gambled specific amounts of money. This has nothing, nothing to do with he said she said. If he ever gets away with this, then I now will be convinced you simply cannot convict a rich and famous black man in America.

2589 days ago
783.

homegirl101    

Posted at 1:53PM on Jul 21st 2007 by Lipstick
WTF
DUDE.........save you $$$$ for the bus...to get back and forth to school!!
great role model he is....you're a dumb ass too

2589 days ago
784.

beau dog    

Michael Vick is another huge disappointment as a role model for our young people. If you know about white men (or other color or gender) involved in the same horrible cruelty, turn them in! Sheesh, stop this now! The phone numbers for PETA and ASPCA are easy to look up.

2589 days ago
785.

Dean Martin    

Wait until, Rev. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton-Thurmon hear about this!!! They will show how unjust the world is being to Mike Vick.

2589 days ago
786.

Jo    

Russel Simmons and Al Sharpton join fight against dog fighting. God Bless them for doing the right thing.

Here is part of the letter they sent to Nike, The NFL, and all of Vick's sponsors.

.....We are hopeful that authorities will take the appropriate action against anyone found guilty of an atrocity as serious as dogfighting, and we will evaluate and monitor the prosecutors and judges responsible for protecting the innocent and helpless. Every animal has the right to live without fear and pain. It is our job to do whatever we can to ensure this basic right for all animals, and we intend to do just that! Let’s give law enforcement and animal welfare professionals, who are on the front lines of battling violence and cruelty in every form, our active support in their quest to elevate our society. Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong. Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.


Russell Simmons, RUSH Communications
Rev. Al Sharpton, Nationl Action Network
Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA

http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/07/19/rev-al-sharpton-to-roger-goodell-and-arthur-blank-dogfightin/



2589 days ago
787.

mellow1    

Get a grip---you need to get psychological help. With comments like that you must be pretty lonely because not too many people would put up with crap like that. Dog-fighting is illegal. That means it's against the law!!!! Anyone who does this or even watches one is a ticking timebomb. If they can do that to animals they can do that to humans. Or is that okay too? Get a grip---get a clue.

2589 days ago
788.

Debby    

Let us not forget the others involved in these cruel fights. There has to be financial supporters and other participators or else there would be no fights at all. Each one should be punshed to the highest level. These poor animals. It makes me sick.

2589 days ago
789.

AUG    

They started as innocent puppies. Little did they know what hell would await them. If we could only take back their pain. Yes, the hottest corner of hell is reserved. To say this is sad is a gross understatement. What is sad is that those people with such stature and wealth would use them to abuse and torment animals. My respect goes to the individuals who use their status to improve life for both people and animals. They are the real heros. I know next to nothing about football and even less about this person let alone what race he is and I certainly hope he is not going to be permitted to hide behind the NFL. * Enforcement* of animal abuse laws needs to be beefed up and more strict laws implemented. Consumers do have a voice. Let his products sit on the shelf collecting dust. And please do something such as going to the PETA and Humane Society of the US sites and sign their petitions. Innocent until proven guilty is a legal not a moral standard.

2589 days ago
790.

mellow1    

biscuit---killing an animal is one step closer to killing a person. Would you feel that way if it was someone in your family that was killed because noone caught him before it was too late? Most killers start out with abusing animals!!!!

2589 days ago
791.

mellow1    

Leroy, don't give me the race card. I'm a white/woman in my late 40's and I don't care if you're black, white, brown, pink, green or purple/w blue polkadots. This is sick. And I didn't condemn Kobe Bryant when he had his legal trouble. I had doubts about her story from the start so don't make it sound like it's a race issue. Not going to wash with me. Get off it.

2589 days ago
792.

Jo    

"Innocent until proven guilty is a legal not a moral standard."

Amen, Aug. Amen

God bless those innocent creatures that are still part of active fighting rings. I hope that Vick talks - that's the least he could do - help take down the other sick sadists out there.

Let's not forget the bait animals. Dogs of all breeds - puppies, kittens, cats. Ripped apart alive in "training" exercises. Those poor little animals.

(Everyone, please be careful with "free to good home" ads for dogs and cats. That's one method used to get bait animals. (That and stealing them out of your yard.) It's truly evil.

2589 days ago
793.

ravineflyer    

Anyone who can get off and find pleasure in the pain and suffering of another creature or person is absolutely EVIL and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I'm afraid though he and anyone else involved will just get a slap on the hand and probably rewarded with a bigger NFL contract. I hope this opens up people's eyes that these sports figures aren't the heroes people think they are.

2589 days ago
794.

Jo    

NIKE has removed all Vick products from their website. Maybe they are starting to listen.....

2589 days ago
795.

Stephanie    

Are you serious? How is someone going to turn this inhumane behavior into a racism issue? Vick should be hit with the most severe penalty! I have a pit, and I can't even imagine how someone could watch one of these precious, loyal dogs being hurt like that!! He should be ashamed and I hope the NFL outwardly expresses that they will not tolerate this kind of behavior from any of their representatives!!! The entire situation is absolutely disgraceful!

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