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    RICHMOND, Va. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick and three others are charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

    The dogfighting operation was named "Bad Newz Kennels," according to the indictment, and the dogs were housed, trained and fought at a Surry County, Va., property owned by Vick.

    The indictment alleges that the 27-year-old Vick and his co-defendants began a grisly dogfighting operation in early 2001 in which dogs fought to the death _ or close. Losing dogs were sometimes killed by electrocution, drowning, hanging or gunshots.

    If convicted, Vick and the others _ Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor _ could face up to six years in prison, $350,000 in fines and restitution.

    Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, were not immediately returned. A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick's mother said the family knew nothing about the charges.

    "We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

    "The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick's guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts."

    After an initial raid in April, Vick said he was rarely at the house, had no idea it may have been used in a criminal enterprise and blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity.

    On Vick's Web site, he lists his birthplace as Newport News, "a.k.a. BadNews."

    The four men were accused of "knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture" and conducting a business enterprise involving gambling, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.

    Purses for the fights ranged from hundreds of dollars to the thousands, and participants and spectators placed side bets, the document said.

    About eight young dogs were put to death after they were found not ready to fight in April 2007. They were killed "by hanging, drowning and/or slamming at least one dog's body to the ground," according to the indictment.

    The FBI and local authorities have been investigating the allegations since an April 25 drug raid at the property Vick owned.

    Authorities seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. About half the dogs were tethered to car axles with heavy chains that allowed the dogs to get close to each other, but not to have contact _ an arrangement typical for fighting dogs, according to the search warrant affidavit.

    The indictment said dogfights were held at the Virginia property and dog owners brought animals from six states, including New York and Texas.

    In a search warrant executed July 7, the government said the fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours.

    Before fights, participating dogs of the same sex would be weighed and bathed, according to the filings. Opposing dogs would be washed to remove any poison or narcotic placed on the dog's coat that could affect the other dog's performance.

    Sometimes, dogs weren't fed to "make it more hungry for the other dog," it said.

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    Associated Press writers Bob Lewis and Kristen Gelineau contributed to this report.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    As the owner of dogs and an animal lover,this really pisses me off...

    Fucking people...

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    He is not guilty yet but damm you gotta know about a big dog fighting ring being held at your property. I mean you just cant hide dogs like you can drugs or something like that.

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    Yeah, 66 dogs it says....

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    Obviously he needs due process at this time, but if these charges hold than he should be punished accordingly by the law and the league. Roger Goodell has been laying the lumber to these perps and he must do the same here. The NFL elite need to be model citizens, not some who think that they are above the law. Know why? Because they aint.

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    I'm probably the last guy to comment on this (though I did earlier). I love dogs more then most people. How can a human being do something like this to such a noble and loving animal? If he's guilty I hope he does the six years, wish it could be longer.

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    This story makes me sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willy4pres View Post
    I'm probably the last guy to comment on this (though I did earlier). I love dogs more then most people. How can a human being do something like this to such a noble and loving animal? If he's guilty I hope he does the six years, wish it could be longer.
    Yes, me too. I have two dogs.

    I believe people that can abuse animals will do so to humans also....

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    Vick finally got busted, huh? Good, I hope they throw the book at him.

    Certainly takes the "Madden Jinx" to a new level, doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver View Post
    Yes, me too. I have two dogs.

    I believe people that can abuse animals will do so to humans also....
    FYI, that little dog I found got adopted a few weeks ago, he's doing good.

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    Bye bye Mike.

    I believe the Federal conviction rate is over 90%. They don't bother to indict if they don't have enough to get you on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len75 View Post
    RICHMOND, Va. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick and three others are charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

    The dogfighting operation was named "Bad Newz Kennels," according to the indictment, and the dogs were housed, trained and fought at a Surry County, Va., property owned by Vick.

    The indictment alleges that the 27-year-old Vick and his co-defendants began a grisly dogfighting operation in early 2001 in which dogs fought to the death _ or close. Losing dogs were sometimes killed by electrocution, drowning, hanging or gunshots.

    If convicted, Vick and the others _ Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor _ could face up to six years in prison, $350,000 in fines and restitution.

    Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, were not immediately returned. A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick's mother said the family knew nothing about the charges.

    "We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

    "The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick's guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts."

    After an initial raid in April, Vick said he was rarely at the house, had no idea it may have been used in a criminal enterprise and blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity.

    On Vick's Web site, he lists his birthplace as Newport News, "a.k.a. BadNews."

    The four men were accused of "knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture" and conducting a business enterprise involving gambling, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.

    Purses for the fights ranged from hundreds of dollars to the thousands, and participants and spectators placed side bets, the document said.

    About eight young dogs were put to death after they were found not ready to fight in April 2007. They were killed "by hanging, drowning and/or slamming at least one dog's body to the ground," according to the indictment.

    The FBI and local authorities have been investigating the allegations since an April 25 drug raid at the property Vick owned.

    Authorities seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. About half the dogs were tethered to car axles with heavy chains that allowed the dogs to get close to each other, but not to have contact _ an arrangement typical for fighting dogs, according to the search warrant affidavit.

    The indictment said dogfights were held at the Virginia property and dog owners brought animals from six states, including New York and Texas.

    In a search warrant executed July 7, the government said the fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours.

    Before fights, participating dogs of the same sex would be weighed and bathed, according to the filings. Opposing dogs would be washed to remove any poison or narcotic placed on the dog's coat that could affect the other dog's performance.

    Sometimes, dogs weren't fed to "make it more hungry for the other dog," it said.

    ____

    Associated Press writers Bob Lewis and Kristen Gelineau contributed to this report.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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