Michael Vick Indicted In Dog Fighting Probe

Michael Vick

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)

37 Responses to “Michael Vick Indicted In Dog Fighting Probe”

  1. Skittles says:

    Well that’s fabulous! They finally got the lying, no good *****************!!!!!

  2. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Would anyone like to join me in contacting the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL, and all the companies who have given Vick endorsement deals? (From Wikipedia: “Vick is a spokesperson for many companies; his endorsement contracts include Nike, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Kraft, Rawlings, and Hasbro.”)

    NOW let’s see what Nike has to say about their association with “Ookie” the dogfighter.

  3. fae family says:

    Their lawyerS will fight tooth and nails to overturn the indictment, or get them a slap on the wrist. Hit them where it hurts the most … their career and their pocket book!

  4. E. Hamilton says:

    And since he probably killed far fewer than the pet food companies, and they are getting a free pass from all animal cruelty charges it seems, I wish prosecutors the best of luck because the defense can certainly argue the point that he may have killed dogs but he did not sell poison fraudulently labeled as premium pet food to do it.

    Contacting every sponsor that gives this monster a dime is a very good idea.

  5. Jenny Bark says:

    Pit Bull Lover I’ll join you, any tips or other people please let us know.

  6. Pit Bull Lover says:

    E. Hamilton (It’s good to see you posting more often, BTW.), I’m hoping and expect Virginia and Surry County will indict on applicable felony and misdemeanor charges - including animal abuse/cruelty charges - in the next week or two. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the charges against Michael “Ookie the Dogfighter” Vick.

  7. Captn' carl says:

    Pit bull lover: Count me in as well. This puke needs to be made an example of.

  8. E. Hamilton says:

    Someone just posted, on petconnection, with the best of intentions, a sticky sweet piece that Oprah wrote, one of her dogs choked to death while being walked by a servant.

    I just know I am going to get hammered for not showing proper sympathy but it irks me something fierce to see Oprah boo hoo about her dog when I saw so many here plead for her help 4 months ago.

    I WAS restrained and did not mention that after all it was JUST ONE DOG, and my verbal comments here at home had considerable more snark, and I did not post them.
    This recall and the associated betrayals has made me…not as sweet as once I was.
    I try not to post on the worst days. It has been pointed out to me that on the worst days, I am sometimes more like a rabid pit bull than my normally charming self.

  9. Mary Ann says:


  10. 2CatMOM says:

    I’m going to start with Nike and just work my way down the line. All of these companies have web sites and sending an email is easy enough.

    He’s an absolute disgrace.

  11. Donna Stevens says:

    Give this freak of nature to me, he would go into a pit of pit bulls.

  12. mittens says:

    real men do their own fighting. it’s cowards who get dogs and over paid professional liars( ie lawyers) to do it for them.

    i can’t think of another ‘profession’ so filled with thugs, over paid stupid thugs as professional sports in america.corner coke dealers and 5 dollar crack whores exhibit more finese and breeding.

  13. MARY says:


  14. E. Hamilton says:

    MARY says:
    July 17th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Oprah blew off the many people who begged for her to help get the story of OUR dead pets some news coverage a long time ago. I said not a word about putting her down because her dog died.

    She has as much of my sympathy as she is going to get .
    Blowing off the people here who begged for her help really sucked too.

  15. Kaffe says:

    I hope he goes to jail.

  16. mittens says:

    i bet oprah has has pet food sponsors in her magazine and on her tv show( i wouldn’t know as i don’t watch her show or read her rag)…musn’t bite the hand that feeds.

  17. Lynn says:

    I agree - his attorneys will probably get him off with a slap on the wrist. Hitting him in the pocketbook is the best form of retailiation, I think.

    But rather than “send an email” on any one of the websites for those products he represents, I suggest a different tactic, one that gets attention. Determine who sits on the board of directors for the company and snail-mail, preferably by registered, certified mail, each and every member of the board.

    I read in an earlier posting that he reps the following products: Nike, EA Sports, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Kraft, Rawlings, and Hasbro. Can someone else confirm this? If so, we can break down into teams and get the correct mailing addresses and names of board members and launch an all out mail attack on Vick’s character. [Hmmmm - isn’t Hasbro a toy company? Parents certainly wouldn’t see Vick as a role model.]

    On the subject of Oprah: I’m always saddened for anyone who has lost a cherished pet. But at the same time, my admiration for her has fallen by the wayside since she flat out ignored the pet food recall. She had all the resources to make a real difference and yet she chose not to. And I think that was VERY, VERY disappointing and unsettling.

  18. E. Hamilton says:

    Lynn, you and me both! I knew when I failed to fall to my knees and give the cult signals of Oprah worship at the mention of HER mighty name that I was gonna get some heat but I almost puked when I read the sappy Oprah ODE to OPRAH dead dog thing, go read it, it is in the Vick thread at petconnection. Gag, just GAG!

    I calls em as I sees em.
    Oh, and the very young sounding poster who has a sad case of Oprah worship is so deluded that she thinks Oprah DID a show on the recall!

  19. Sandy says:

    I wish we could beat Vick up and tear his flesh off…stave his ass and kick the hell out of him…Like the dogs were treated maybe drowned him ..but not till death so we could savor it and harm him more …poke him etc

    On Oprah’s dog…I feel sorry for her dog. I even feel for her..she SHOULD have helped us I agree

  20. elizabeth says:

    There was also a huge dog fighting ring broken up in suburban chicago last week. Looks like there is a national concerted effort by law enforcement to identify and stop this cruel business. Publicity over a high profile”example” like Vick and a few thugs rotting in jail will be a very good start. Vick’s career is toast!

  21. E. Hamilton says:

    I feel sorry for ALL Oprah’s dogs because, according to Oprah, they die to teach Oprah to be better to Oprah, if that is possible.

    There are no accidents, that is the word according to Oprah and I guess that makes all our pets deaths either murder or lessons we are not ready to learn or something just as new age fake wisdom weird.
    Here, read it and be enlightened or confused or have an Oprah religious moment, your choice. Because it is always all about Oprah, according to Oprah.

    Weeks have passed. And the pain has not subsided. Every time I think about it, my heart starts racing and I feel like I just got stabbed in the chest. It’s a jolt, still. Gracie’s death.

    Gracie is the smallest of the golden retrievers photographed with me on O, The Oprah Magazine’s January ‘06 and ‘07 covers. She had just turned 2 on May 21. I thought we’d grow old together.

    She choked to death on a plastic ball she found in the grass (it belonged to Sophie, my 12-year-old cocker spaniel). The goldens were not allowed to play with those clear little balls that light up. I feared they’d chew them, or worse.

    The worst happened on May 26. Gracie was out with her dog walker, on a walk I often do myself after their evening meal. On this sunny Saturday, having just returned from a late lunch with friends, I decided to let the caretaker do it—walk all three.

    I hugged them all goodbye, leaving a lipstick print on Gracie’s furry white forehead, where she loved getting kisses. Twenty minutes later, I got a call: “She’s down and isn’t breathing.”

    I ran barefoot out of the house and found the dog walker and one of my security guys pumping her chest. Just as I reached them, the security guy looked up and said, “I’m sorry, ma’am. We tried everything. I’m sorry. She’s gone.”

    Gone??!! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Yes, I saw it. I saw the caretaker rocking back and forth on the ground, his arms wrapped around himself, crying hysterically. My brain took in the whole scene, but it wasn’t tracking properly. The first thing I remember saying is, “It’s okay. It’ll be okay. Tell me what happened.” Through his sobs I heard: “…choked on a ball.”

    And I knew, this was real. Gracie is gone, Gracie is gone, Gracie is gone kept repeating in my head.

    I stood there dazed, stunned, crying—and watched as they placed her in the back of a golf cart, her still-warm body with the lipstick stain on her fur.

    But even in my stunned state, I knew this was not what it appeared to be: a freak accident with a clear plastic ball that lit up inside. I don’t believe in accidents. I know for sure that everything in life happens to help us live.

    So through my tears and stabbing pain and disbelief and wonder and questions about how and why this happened, I leaned over my sweet and wild and curious and mind-of-her-own Gracie, and asked, “Dear Gracie, what were you here to teach me that only your death could show me?” And this is the answer: This lovely little runt whom I’d brought home sick—on his first visit with her, the vet told me to return her and get my money back—did more living in two years than most dogs do in 12. She never stopped moving. Was energy in motion. Chasing squirrels, hop-leaping through the pond like a rabbit. Finding anything she could to play with, chew, run with. Dashing, frolicking. Speeding across the lawn as though she were in a rush for life. I was always saying, “Gracie, slow down.” She gulped her food. Gulped treats. Would let you hug her for a second, then race off to—where? She was the only dog I was always looking for. Going out on the porch calling, “Graaaacie! Gracie, come!”

    The day after she died, I went to the spot where she took her last breath and called again, “Graaaacie! Graaaacie!” I was hoping security wouldn’t hear me and think I needed medical—or psychological—attention. Of course I knew this time she wouldn’t come running through the brush. Out of the pond. Shaking her wet fur and racing to my arms with a smile. She was always, always smiling.

    Not until I knew there’d be no response did I realize how much pleasure I had taken in calling for her. So I called and cried. Called and cried. “Graaaacie!” Tears of sadness for the shocking loss. Tears of joy for the pure happiness she’d given me for nearly two years. I have never seen a being, human or animal, always so full of joy. This dog lived every moment as though it were her last.

    Her life was a gift to me. Her death, a greater one.

    Ten days before she died, I was getting a yearly physical, and to lower my blood pressure I’d think of Gracie’s smiling face.

    Just days before the “freak accident,” the head of my company came into my office to have a serious talk about “taking some things off your schedule—you’re doing too much.” Maya Angelou called me to say the same thing. “You’re doing too much. Don’t make me come to Chicago,” she chided. “I want you to slow down.”

    I’d broken a cardinal rule: The whole month of May I’d had no day off, dashing from one event to the next. But though I appreciated everyone’s concern, I still had to finish the season. Wrap up the year’s shows. Have foundation meetings. Meet with auditors. Review plans for a new building, and on and on. So many people on my list. I literally forgot to put myself on the list for a follow-up checkup.

    When the doctor’s office called, I confessed. I hadn’t heeded what I know for sure. I said, “Doctor, I’m sorry. I had so many meetings with different people, I forgot to put myself on the list.”

    The next day, Gracie died.

    Slow down, you’re moving too fast. I got the message.

    Thank you for being my saving Gracie. I now know for sure angels come in all forms.

  22. Lynn says:

    Oprah NEVER did a show about the pet food recall. She did a show about one of her dogs’ medical problems and had her vet on. She gave perhaps 10 seconds of lip service to pet food recall – kind of, vaguely, maybe – watered down so as not to upset sponsors, I suppose.

    I just read the piece about Gracie and while the article starts off about Gracie, somehow it morphed into something “all about Oprah.” Maybe it was her choice of words, but I definitely came away with the initial interpretation that Gracie’s death served a purpose for Oprah, rather than, “Isn’t it so sad that this happened to such a wonderful 2 year old dog?”

    I do not believe that animals were put on earth to serve mankind. I don’t believe their purpose is to teach us anything…..though you have to admit that we could all take a lesson from them. Call me crazy, but I do not see that mankind is the superior species, as evidenced by Michael Vick and all the idiots who caused the pet food recall.

    Having said all that, I would like to add one thing: It is not unusual for grieving pet owners [i.e., Oprah] to flounder and search for a reason for the unexpected death of a young pet. Sometimes it helps the grieving process to find purpose in death.

  23. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    Well, well well…willya lookit that?! Gerald Poindexter gets taken off this investigation and SUDDENLY Michael Vick is INDICTED!

    I never believed that sorry excuse for a story he gave about “not knowing what was going on at house he owned”! Total BS!

    Michael Vick, you are the worthless piece of crap I always thought you were. Die.

  24. catmom5 says:

    I will most definitely be contacting the companies that use Vick, as well as the Falcons and NFL. There is no excuse for anyone to fight any animal~ and it sounds as if he was particularly cruel. I don’t understand how any human being can deliberately take pleasure in the pain and suffering of others. But they’re out there and they must be stopped.

    As far as Oprah, well, I’m sorry that beautiful little dog died, but I agree that Oprah could have made a huge difference regarding the tainted food. AND SHE DIDN”T! (I have a hard time relating to someone who has her servants walk her dogs anyway.) It’s probably the usual excuse ~ money!!!

  25. 2CatMom says:

    I’m not a big Oprah fan and I agree that it would have been great if she had stepped up during the pet food crisis. That being said, I can’t blame her if she’s a bit controvery-shy after what the Beef Industry put her through. She probably was advised by her attorneys not to get involved. I’m not saying that she should have followed that advice, but there you have it.

    As for Vick - I do really like the idea of registered letters - but I know in my case the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I’m afraid that I’ll just procrasinate on something like this (rule 1 - know thyself) and it’ll never get done. I think I’ll stick to the emails (which I can do on the fly) and then try to put together a form letter that I can mail to the big poobahs at these companies.

  26. KarlaSanDiego says:

    He’s a piece of crap and will probably get a slap on the hand with the help of his fancy attorney’s.

    Throwing a kitty in a pit bull pin and watching the dogs tear the kitty apart by the limbs is part of pit bull fight training. IT MAKES ME SICK! I ONLY HOPE VICK SUFFERS!

  27. Brandi says:

    I hope Michael Vick burns in hell for this. It breaks my heart how those dogs suffered. Every time I hear his name it makes me sick. He may get off with a slap on the wrist as far as the law goes, but I believe what goes around comes around. In the end he will pay.

  28. E. Hamilton says:

    There is plenty of animal cruelty going on, doing it on a regular basis for sport and betting purposes is a sign of serious mental illness.
    I am certain that this Vick is baffled about all the fuss.

    Now, I was tired of the Oprah stuff, oh, about 3 months ago and I am real tired of it now so let me make this easy for everyone to understand.
    Oprah has ads for P&G products all OVER her site, her TV show, her magazines and for all I know, on other aspects of her empire. She is entitled to sell out to everyone and anyone she wishes, much like your elected officials and this should be a lesson to us all that even a very rich person, can be controlled if the right pressure is applied.
    We were not able to touch her heart and Proctor and Gamble was able to touch something that worked to stifle the story.
    WHY she blew it off is less a matter of concern for me than that she DID blow it off.
    Oprah was begged for help by an embarrassing number of people here and on the other blogs , help was not forthcoming. End of that tune.

    That her dog died was sad, much like the death of mine and so many others, there are plenty of dead pets to grieve. Oprah will get MORE sympathy for hers than all of us put together got for OURS. It will be a very big deal and I am not ashamed to say that if the dog HAD to die for some mystical purpose I WISH it had died of the poison, for I believe that might get some media coverage. Alas, it died to serve solely as a lesson for Oprah and I am exerting all the control I can muster not to say something kinda snarky , which I am sure you realize that I certainly could, and I am now done with the subject.

  29. mary ann says:

    I wish Vick would go to jail for life!

  30. 2CatMom says:

    PetConnection just referenced a great video on utube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBuEBHi3BzU

    Seems like appropriate punishment.

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    Watch Nancy Grace - It’s on now CST regarding this.

  33. Kevin says:

    Not sure if I want to watch Nancy Grace. Just the initial reports made me sick!

    Michael Vick, your a dumb ass! I hope you meet Bubba in prison.

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