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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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121.

A    

---Get a grip---

1. Its not a sport, dont be an idiot.
2. Because they "run aroung the neighborhood and endanger" (which wouldnt happen if they had a responsible owner) they deserve to be beaten, starved, shot, drowned and electrocuted? Your obviously a few cards short of a deck.

2467 days ago
122.

jlasvegas    

This guy is obviously an a@!hole. Why would anyone do this to any animal. No it is noy another white man bringing down a black man, "but another ignorant football player with too much time and money"!

2467 days ago
123.

MeLrose    

PLEASE "VI"! The damn cops GOT something called PROOF,u know, evidence?! Other wise they wouldn't be able to charge him ect!!! Get REAL would ya-

2467 days ago
124.

Baba Wawa    

Put HIS a$$ on that rape-stand and let the dogs have him. Oh, and put it on YouTube so we can all watch and laugh at his dumb a$$.

2467 days ago
125.

asap    

People involved with this kind of cruelty are sociopaths( no conscience). Dogs will do anything to please and comfort you .Will stay loyal after abuse ,will save your life,will be a better friend than most humans you come across. For them to be treated this way should push all of us to get behind much harsher punishments. I think they should have to register where they live after jail terms,we should be notified where they live just like child molesters and they should be publicly shunned . The team should refuse to play with him,the public should refuse to watch the team if he is not kicked off immediately and people need to speak up immediately if there is any hint of abuse by anyone...including leaving dogs in hot cars,leaving them outside with no water,chaining them in the back of open trucks (especially in summer). Race has nothing to do with this, JJ. An animal abuser is cruel no matter what color. They should not be allowed to have any animals just like sex offenders are not allowed to live near schools... God did not put animals here to be tortured.The offenders will have to answer to Him in the end. It will suck to be you!

2467 days ago
126.

Jeri    

Get off your another black getting pulled down by the white man.

Dog fighting is a horrible thing. What kind of person likes to see another living breathing thing get killed in such a horrible way.

What kind of person are you? Since you obviously don't think it's bad. I sure if you had a pet and someone decided to use it for bait you wouldn't say anything then.

I hope they do give him 6 years...that's what he gets.

2467 days ago
127.

Bipolar is like any other disease she needs medication    

IF TRUE, and remember an indictment is not a conviction, but if true, I am disgusted. I hope he has a morals clause in his contract and as a result is fired and never makes good bank again for the rest of his life. Sickening.

2467 days ago
128.

Yard    

What a sorry piece of trash is Michael Vick! Nike needs to pull his ads and he needs to rot in jail getting humped by fat men for the rest of his life!

2467 days ago
129.

Gia    

Breeding pit bulls to fight is not "sport", nor does it resemble "sport". These animals offspring will one day be in your community, perhaps attacking your children. Are you people too stupid to get that?
Anyone who defends this bastard is as sick and pathetic as he is.

2467 days ago
130.

Vi    

TMZ.....I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD NOT ALLOW ANY RACIAL POST ON THIS SITE.....IT SEEMS LIKE AN AVENUE FOR ANY RACISTS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES....THERE IS FREE SPEECH AND THEN THERE IS JUST PLAIN OLD DEGRADING, NASTY COMMENTS

2467 days ago
131.

Gia    

no honkey you're not a devil, just a stupid racist f***. go back to your crack pipe.

2467 days ago
132.

Lenn K.    

#100-gitmocap, Being that Beniot is dead, it kinda hard to tell him what you think. He took the cowards way out. We all know that he's rotting in hell, with Ted Bundy, Hitler, soon OJ, Robert Blake and Phil Spector. Oops, I forgot Scott Peterson. I don't believe Vick should die for killing and torturing dogs, but a hot poker up the ass and about two years in the hole would be just fine!!

2467 days ago
133.

Mechelle    

HE BETTER GET PUT IN JAIL FOR THIS AND REMOVED FROM THE NFL ASAP!!!!!

2467 days ago
134.

I know    

That is the SICKEST thing I ever heard.

Doesn't he see these DOGS PAIN, how could you treat an animal like that? I know they yelp at first, and resist.

Pit Bulls are rumored to be tough, but only if you train them that way. I just met two of my friends pit bulls and they where so big. Heavy they can knock you down, but they can be gentle to.

Damn shame Vick-----------Damn shame

2467 days ago
135.

bethany    

If it weren't for the feds, then local Virginia prosecutor POINDEXTER would still be trying to cover this up

Too often, that's why dog fighting continues. Local authorities either look the other way, or some are in on the take.

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