Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal and will plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges connected to dog fighting. His three co-defendants have already pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Vick. Two of the co-defendants signed statements that Vick killed dogs that “underperformed” by drowning, hanging, or slamming them to the ground. Michael Vick could face 12 to 18 months in prison and a lifetime ban from the NFL. Fifty-three of the sixty-six dogs seized from Vick’s property will probably be euthanized.
The Michigan State University College of Law has a very informative page on dog fighting that covers the history, the training, the culture, the societal cost, the criminal links, laws and legal issues, and evidence, including less obvious things such as the drugs/vitamins/medical supplies used. You can also find out about the signs of dog fighting. And the Humane Society of the United States has a FAQ on dog fighting. (Note: None of the these pages have gruesome photos of dogs showing the barbarism of dog fighting. They do have a wealth of information.)
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