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Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick Indicted for Dogfighting
July 17, 2007

©The HSUS
This dog was seized from Michael Vick's property, along with 51 others.

A federal grand jury indicted Atlanta Falcons celebrity quarterback Michael Vick and three others on felony dogfighting charges July 17. The indictment follows a three-month investigation of an alleged dogfighting operation uncovered at Vick's property in Surry County, Va.

Vick and the three co-defendants are charged with violating federal laws against competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines. The Humane Society of the United States assisted in the investigation and care of the dogs seized from the property.

Demand Action!

 Ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Michael Vick immediately.

"Dogfighting is a serious federal and state crime, and enforcement authorities have treated this investigation with the seriousness it deserves," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "We will continue to work with law enforcement with the intention of bringing to justice any individual who contributed to this cruel and violent treatment of animals."

"Now that Michael Vick has been indicted, the NFL should not hesitate to suspend him," added Pacelle.

"In or about March of 2003, Peace [one of Vick’s co-defendants], after consulting with Vick about the losing female pit bull's condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal."
- Read more from the indictment [PDF]

On April 25, Authorities seized 52 pit bulls from Vick's Surry County property and also found equipment used in dogfighting operations including a "rape stand" used for forced breeding, treadmills, drugs to enhance fighting performance, and a blood-stained fighting pit.

Dogfighting is a cruel blood-sport in which two dogs are pitted against each other in a fight to the death, or until one dog cannot continue. They are trained to be vicious—sometimes confined in trunks or closets, fed gunpowder, or beaten—all for the amusement of spectators and high-priced wagering. Fights can last for hours, as the dogs are trained to continue even after brutal wounds are inflicted.

According to court documents regarding Vick's case, even if the losing dogs survived, they met a cruel fate, "sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot, electrocution or some other method."

Dogfighting is a dead end for any person participating in it, and there's nothing hip or cool about it. More»

These documents, filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, thoroughly describe the nature of dogfighting on Vick's property and suggest that one or more informants guided investigators on two recent raids. Authorities say the dogs were bathed immediately before fights to make sure their coats were not tainted with a poison that could unfairly thwart the opponent.

What You Can Do

Call the NFL's Commissioner Roger Goodell at (212) 450-2000 (you may have to leave a message in voicemail), and ask him to suspend Michael Vick immediately. Then send him a follow-up email.

Updated July 18, 2007.



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Kathryn G. (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 1:20 pm
Please tell your friends and family to take action, too:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/US_2007_dogfighting_nfl2/forward/w3k8nk541d5jbj3 ?


Kathryn G. (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 1:27 pm
Here is one more important step to ensure your voice is heard: Please take a moment to call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at (212) 450-2000 (you may have to leave a message in voicemail) and urge him to suspend Michael Vick.


Kathryn G. (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 1:28 pm
Dear Commissioner Goodell,


Please immediately suspend Michael Vick from the NFL for his alleged involvement in dogfighting. Vick's recent indictment by a federal grand jury for crimes related to dogfighting is a certain sign that you must treat this matter seriously. Reports of extreme cruelty to dogs who didn't "perform" to the fighters' satisfaction only add to the disgrace Vick brings to the NFL.


Kathryn G. (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 1:29 pm
Dogfighting is cruel and criminal, and football players must be held accountable like anyone else. Please suspend Vick immediately--anything less would reflect very badly on your judgment, and on the league.

Kathryn G. (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2007, 3:57 pm
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/591281076

Kathryn G. (146)
Thursday July 19, 2007, 5:16 pm
www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/873427993-give Michael Vick the maximum sentence for dogfighting

Kathryn G. (146)
Monday July 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
Thank you for spreading the word! Here is one more important step to ensure your voice is heard: Please take a moment to call Nike USA Consumer Services at 1-503-671-6453 repeating your request that they stop sponsoring Michael Vick.

Click here to learn more about dogfighting in the NFL.
Return to hsus.org.


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Kathryn G. (146)
Tuesday July 24, 2007, 12:32 pm
THANK YOU for asking Nike to drop Michael Vick.

Here is one more important step to ensure your voice is heard: Please take a moment to call Nike USA Consumer Services at 1-800-344-6453 to repeat your request that they stop sponsoring Michael Vick. To shorten the call, wait until the recorded message mentions option #1, then press 5 to get the comment lineóbut there could be a wait due to the high volume of calls on this issue.


Kathryn G. (146)
Tuesday July 24, 2007, 12:33 pm
Thank you for spreading the word! Here is one more important step to ensure your voice is heard: Please take a moment to call Nike USA Consumer Services at 1-503-671-6453 repeating your request that they stop sponsoring Michael Vick.


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