Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Virgina on charges related to illegal dogfighting at a home he owned. In fact, Vick is alleged to have actually established the dog fighting group Bad Newz Kennels — in stark contrast to Vick’s denial.
Vick and three others were charged with “violating federal laws against competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines”.
The indictment alleges that the three defendants sponsored dogfighting as early as 2001.
It accuses Vick, Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor of “knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture, of conducting a business enterprise involving gambling, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.
No comments have been made by Vick’s attorney and Vick’s agent. The Atlanta Falcons spokesperson said the team had no immediate comment.
Source: Fox Sports
From The Smoking Gun:
The 27-year-old Vick, whose nickname is listed as “Ookie” in the indictment, allegedly established the Bad Newz Kennels in early-2001 in Smithfield, Virginia. It was this property, for which Vick paid $34,000, that the star athlete and his codefendants used as the “main staging area for housing and training the pit bulls involved in the dog fighting venture and hosting dog fights.” According to prosecutors, Vick and his cohorts began purchasing pit bull puppies in late-2001 and would eventually “sponsor” individual dog fights with purses as high as $26,000. In the indictment’s most harrowing parts, federal investigators describe what happened to some Bad Newz Kennels dogs that either lost matches or did not perform well in test fights. After a March 2003 loss by a female pit bull, codefendant Purnell Peace, “after consulting with Vick,” electrocuted the animal. In April, prosecutors allege, Vick, Peace, and Quanis Phillips, “executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions.” These animals, the indictment claims, were killed “by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”
(Thanks Amie and Pit Bull Lover)