Vick Given 23 Month Prison Sentence For Dog Fighting


Michael Vick was sentenced today to 23 months in prison for financing a dog fighting ring and his involvement in killing dogs that were not aggressive enough.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson told Vick, “You need to apologize also to the millions of young people who look up to you.”

Vick stated, “I am willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions.

Hudson then replied, “I’m convinced it was not a momentary lack of judgment on your part. You were a full partner.” He also said that he was uncertain if Vick accepted full responsibility for what he did.

Animal rights activists protested outside the courthouse and carried signs that read “Dogs deserve justice”.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank released a statement regarding Vick’s sentence, “We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”

Vick already started his prison term early when he turned himself in on November 19.

Source: CNN

20 Responses to “Vick Given 23 Month Prison Sentence For Dog Fighting”

  1. Michelle says:

    This whole Michael Vick story just makes me sick. Why anyone would force dogs to fight is beyond me. And moreover, he KILLED dogs that weren’t AGGRESSIVE enough?? Your a famous football player buddy, did you NOT think that you would eventually get caught? I’m glad he’s being put away for 23 months, if I had a say in it it would be longer though. Most likely he’ll do much less time, unfortunately. I doubt he learned anything from this anyway. He’s probably just upset that he got caught.

  2. Mia says:

    Totally in agreement with first post. Vick did get off too easily and not make enough amends to the poor animals who were victim to his sick games. I have no pity for him but do feel sorry for his mother.

  3. NH says:

    Unfortunately, I think Vick will be treated like a God in prison. I just hope he does the whole 23 months and thinks about what he did. And when the super bowl is on t.v. and his fellow inmates want to watch it, I hope he realizes at that moment that he could be in the super bowl and that he really messed his life up.

  4. Tanya says:

    NH, given our criminal justice system, and how over run the prisons are, i’m betting he won’t do 1/2 the time before he’s let out on “good behavior”.

    he ” found god” you know. or “asked for god’s forgivness” or somethign such that we are all supposed to roll over and say “oh, mr. vic, you are so good and nice, and just made a little mistake”.


    ever wish thier dogs would just turn on them? that would stop dog fighting, right soon. “hit me with that stick once more, and i’ll bit it and your hand off”

  5. Diane says:

    From what I’ve read, Federal sentences are a lot harder to reduce. He’ll serve at least 2/3 of it. Maybe they’ll force him to watch Scooby Doo and Huckleberry Hound all day.

  6. Bane says:

    Vick should get the lethal injection..that would be the only true justice. Or at least 25 years each for every dog he killed.

  7. Bane says:

    And I don’t feel sorry for his mother…she raised him to disregard animal life, and she’s been making excuses for him the whole time. She unleashed a real piece of slime onto the world by giving birth to this bastard.

  8. Goody 4 Paws says:

    Where’s a big ass fine to go along with the prison sentence? I agree with NH. I hope the Superbowl is required viewing amongst the general prison population. Vick is a skank.

  9. Meghan says:

    Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States has a summary on his blog today (, listing what has happened around the issue of dogfighting since this all began. As he says, public disgust has triggered lasting change.

  10. Lynn says:

    There’s an excellent legal review of the sentence:


    I just hope the April 2nd trial moves forward.

    Judge Hudson deserves a huge amount of praise for the sentence he issued. Sure, I really would have liked Vick to go through a lethal injection, but Hudson was still bound by the law and the precedents. Read the link I provided above…..very enlightening.

  11. amimal lover says:

    He got what he deserved. He deserves more than what he got!!!! Like the judge said he does not believe this was a momentary lapse in judgement on Vicks part. He knew what he was doing. He got greedy, he thought he was above reproach, but then he got caught. I have had dogs all of my life, and you have to be an unusually cruel human being to do what Vick did. He deserves worse.

  12. lorrie says:

    Sure does seem Vick has angered so many people in so many walks of life, he is surely ruined. I do think it is a bit overboard to call for lethal injection though, as we must reserve that for human murderers and monsters.
    Don’t get me wrong, as I’m sure it has occurred to Vick that dying would be an easy out, it will be much harder to live the rest of his life with this on his shoulders.

  13. Gindy says:

    Maybe he started singing to the cops to get off so lightly. The prosecution was complaining he wasn’t cooperating enough. Perhaps he had a sudden change of heart and decided to trade information for less time.
    Unfortunately he can still keep up that foot ball body in prison and make sure he is well rested and healthy for any possible re-enstatement into the NFL. Whether Goodell or whoever is NFL commissioner then will approve it, who knows. I do know that any team that hires him will be in for a s%$# storm of protests and lose a lot of fans that love dogs. there are plenty of other teams to support out there if football is your thing without having to support a bunch of idiots who hire an convicted animal abuser and felon.
    Wrong Lorrie, Vick got off on the power over those animals, he only cares now because he got caught. For him it wasn’t the money, it was the ability to hurt or kill something that made him feel like a god. It’s the same thing that makes people abuse animals and bend them to their will, it is a sickness that cannot be cured by jail time or counseling. Vick and others like him are a danger to society and the worst thing is there are still those who support him (just look at all the Vick jerseys on Monday night football last night.)
    It made me want to drag each and every one of those idiots to the site of the crimes and make them see what that scum bucket (sorry scum) did to those dogs. Vick has no soul, no conscience, and no reason to walk free among those who do.

  14. sandi says:

    Anyone who is in New England and listens to sports radio, in particular Michael Felger, I am sickened, I want to see this person put into a ring and have dogs attack him.

    He stated on whatever show, he is on with Tanguay, that Vick is a victim of PETA> Ha, this man is a father.

    He is disgusting, Please complain to the management of stations that Michael Felger is on

  15. EmilyS says:

    Wayne Pacelle/HSUS? DONT listen to that hypocrite.
    They’ve been screaming to KILL the Vick dogs (and all victims seized in dogfighting busts). They’re great about using these victims as fundraising tools. But when it comes to actually helping them find new lives? Forget it.

  16. CINDY says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, but his sentence is not nearly long enough, for what he did to those poor defenseless dogs. He is a sick individual, and leopards don’t change their spots. The only reason he has any remorse is because he got caught.

  17. Bane says:

    Lorrie, he IS a human monster. The lethal injection would be quite appropriate for him.

  18. Dee says:

    THE FALCONS DID NOT CUT HIM. The NFL is awaiting his return, because he will be an even bigger money maker now. Animal rights groups will buy tickets to go to the game to boo him. (Hello, they don’t care who buys the tickets, $$$). Please, please, get the word out. BOYCOTT any team, either on TV or in ticket sales, that has anything to do with this peice of SHIT. Love what Michelle said. Gindy is right in her assessment of Vick. He has a very basic flaw, a sick one. It is the same flaw that makes rapist and molesters, child molesters and torturers get their rocks off. It is all about the power. He is not forgivable or rehabable. His kind has no place in our society and all of them should be plugged up.

  19. Denise Miller says:

    I was just reading the post and I could not have said it better. Judge Hudson did a great job with this and I am glad Vick had to ge before him. I would like to see him in the ring with all the dogs that suffered because of him and his sicko friends. He is not sorry and I agree he is on a power trip. all he can do and knows is probably football. he has to be an animal to do what he did. He doesn’t belong in the human population. lets just hope there are a lot of dog loveres in prision. Oh I heard that he has to pay to have the dogs cared for that is the ones that can’t be adopted out because of him fighting them. a sancuwary (spelling) will be taking them.

  20. lisa says:

    I cannot believe he only got 23 months!! There is no justice here.
    The only thing he deserves is death!! Nothing Less!!

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