Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Atlanta Falcons, NFL star Michael Vick, INDICTED by federal grand jury on dogfighting charges!

I have been able to follow this story, somewhat, over the past months but was under the impression it was not going to be easy to indict Michael Vick, and probably wouldn't happen. So, this news really surprised me, maybe our legal system is learning something from the Paris Hilton case, and holding the famous accountable for their actions better than in the past... I knew they found a lot of dogfighting evidence at Vick's home, but according to the indictment, they even know the name of the operation, which as "Bad Newz Kennels." Of course, it is important to note that Michael Vick has not been found guilty, as an NFL spokesperson pointed out, "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."

I knew some of the stuff they found on Vick's property was horrible, but I had no idea they were this bad. "About eight young dogs were put to death at the Surry County home after they were found not ready to fight in April 2007, the indictment said. They were killed "by hanging, shooting, drowning and/or slamming at least one dog's body to the ground." Even John Goodwin of the Humane Society, who sees this type of thing happen a lot, said the manner in which losing or unwilling dogs were killed was especially troubling.

"Some of the grisly details in these filings shocked even me, and I'm a person who faces this stuff every day," he said. "I was surprised to see that they were killing dogs by hanging them and one dog was killed by slamming it to the ground. Those are extremely violent methods of execution -- they're unnecessary and just sick."

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

I really hope the truth comes out in all of this, and whoever is responsible, gets the maximum punishment for this! I have read a lot about dogfighting before, but this seems to be one of the worst cases I have heard of in some time!

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