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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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841.

Shar    


Here's a great post I copied from another site. Hits the nail right on the head, and proves how STUPID are the comparrisons other posters USED to justify the MURDEROUS, EVIL ACTIONS of that THICK SKULL, PUNK WHO CALLS HIS ACTION "IMMATURE". EVEN VICK CAN'T BRING HIMSELF TO SAY THE WORDS THAT TRULY DESCRIBE WHAT HE'S REALLY DONE.





"If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. However…

I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings - they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?"




2510 days ago
842.

Only swim in the Ocean    

I hope this guy did not do this

2547 days ago
843.

ahab    

Thanks to all who continue to drive home the point that this is not about race. InMyHumbleOpinion ( # 887 ) This is exactly the kind of junk I'm talking about. The color of a person's skin doesn't matter, but when they cross the line and abuse animals, kids, kill people, it doesn't MATTER what color they are! They are sick and they deserve to burn for it! But, of course, certain people here (teewalk) don't agree with alot of us, and no matter what their reasons for it, it is sick and disgusting. I've got a few black friends who thinks this is sickening, and think Vick should hang for this. There is nothing wrong or racist with demanding consequences for crimes that've been commited. Period.

2547 days ago
844.

D    

kick his dumb ass out of football FOREVER

2546 days ago
845.

Elizabeth    

Michael Vick...Burn in hell you lowlife dirtbag.

2546 days ago
846.

Kelli    

This is not an issue of race! Its an issue of humanity. It is so very sad that a person can have so much and still not know what to do with it. To abuse anything defenseless such as an animal, child or person is cruel and evil. I once admired Mike for his skill on the football field. Now I am terribly disappointed in his lack of humanity and morals. Its a sad commentary about our society and that anyone could be that heartless and cowardly then lie about it! He deserves a punishment consistent to what he did to those poor animals!!

2546 days ago
847.

Maureen    

Train about 4 dogs to tear him apart piece by piece in the fight ring where his dog fights were held, bind his arms and legs and toss him in. Let the dogs feast on his remains.

2546 days ago
848.

bilk    

IN RESPONCE TO THE IDIOT WHO SAID "this is just another black man being pulled down by the white man" DONT YOU SEE HOW IGNORANT YOU JUST MADE YOURSELF AND YOUR RACE LOOK ? IF THATS ALL YOU GOT OUT OF THIS INHUMANE CRUELTY THAN IT PROVES THE FACT THAT YOUR BRAIN IS NOT CAPABLE TO BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A SLAVE......... YOU SHOULD BE HORSE-WHIPPED
MICHEAL VICK SHOULD BE TORTURED THEN HUNG LIKE HE DID THE ANIMALS

2546 days ago
849.

Vicky    

Good...Stick his ass in jail and leave him there...He's better off there, anyway. We don't need him.

2546 days ago
850.

Vicky    

Good...Stick his ass in jail and leave him there...He's better off there, anyway. We don't need him.

2546 days ago
851.

MariAnnJessee    

Reading some of these comments of "just another black man being put down by The White Man" GROW UP and get that chip off your shoulder. This man was a millionaire and he gets his yia yia's off such discusting cruelty. He should face the same treatment that he showed those animals, nothing less should be accepted. His being black or white does not even enter into the equasion. He is a cruel discusting human being NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot imagine what kind of person would defend him......Shameful and yet sad at the same time. What a sad statement it makes for us as human beings.....He is a PIG!

2546 days ago
852.

JacqueO    

To: JJ
What the hell does slavery have to do with animal cruelity? You are stupid!!!!!!!!!! Comments like your's is why racism will NEVER END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps someone should treat you like those animals - your comments would surely change you stupid ass - I guess your BLACK

2546 days ago
853.

HOLY COW!!!!    

WHAT A SICK, DISGUSTING THING FOR A HUMAN TO DO. BUT THEN, WE MAY NOT BE TALKING ABOUT A HUMAN. IT TAKES SOMETHING MUCH LESS THAN A HUMAN TO DO SOMETHING THIS DISGUSTING!!! HOW CAN WATCHING DOGS KILL EACH OTHER BE ENTERTAINING? ONLY THE LOWEST FORM OF "THING" WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS HORRIBLE PRACTICE. ANY "THING" THAT FINDS THIS "ENTERTAINING" SHOULD BE SENT SOMEWHERE THAT HUMANS DON'T RESIDE. A HUMAN WOULD NOT FIND THIS IN ANY WAY A SPORT, OR ENTERTAINMENT. ALL INVOLVED SHOULD BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEND THEM AWAY SOMEWHERE HUMANITY DOESN'T RESIDE. THIS WORLD HAS MORE AND MORE DISGUSTING THINGS HAPPENING DAILY. HAS THE WHOLE WORLD FORGOTTEN THAT PEOPLE AND ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS. I WILL NEVER GO TO ANOTHER ATLANTA FALCONS GAME IF THIS PIECE OF SLIME IS ALLOWED BACK ON THE TEAM. IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF HE COULD BE THROWN INTO THE RING WITH ALL THOSE DOGS AND LET THEM SHOW HIM WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. ALL INVOLVED HAVE SHOWN HOW LOW AND SLIMY THEY CAN GO. THEY ARE A PART OF THE WORLD WE CAN DO WITHOUT AND I WISH WE WOULD BE RID OF THEM. IF WE START PUNISHING ACCORDING TO THE CRIME, WE WOULD BE RID OF A LOT OF THE VERMIN IN THE WORLD TODAY.

2546 days ago
854.

dr tim    

He is a piece of crap. SOMEONE shout put a hit on him..maybe PETA or GREENPEACE

2546 days ago
855.

Leela    

Just look at that face and tell me he's not an arrogant smug slimeball. You know the old saying about not judging a book by its cover, well actually sometimes you can tell a lot about a book by it's cover. Vick is just another controlling, sick, dillusional jerk, wearing his goatee as a symbol of his arrogance and his belief that he is better than anyone else and above the law. It's a shame he has to throw away his career but I'm sure there will be 50 young talented athletes ready to take his place, he needs to learn he is not expendable. Only a true sociopath should be that devoid of conscience, I sure hope he wasn't raising children because generally people who abuse animals will also abuse kids. We need to stop worshipping athletes and celebrites, they really think they are gods. I hope he and his cronies go to jail for the rest of their sorry lives. And black people need to acknowledge that black celebrities can be criminals too, don't be so naive as to blame everything on race.

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