Vick to Pay $1M for Dog Care

Prosecutors point to dwindling assets as reason for demand
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 4:47 PM CST
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick grimaces on the sideline after being helped off the field during the second half of a football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, in this Dec....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ex-Falcon Michael Vick, now in prison, will pay about $1 million dollars for the care and possible euthanasia of the 54 pit bulls found on his property that were used for dogfighting. Prosecutors wanted the money set aside from Vick's quickly dwindling fortune. Vick agreed in his plea agreement to pay "restitution for the full amount of the costs associated with the disposition of all dogs," CNN reports.

Vick agreed that the money he paid could include "the long-term care and/or the humane euthanasia of some or all of those animals," the network reports. Prosecutors pointed to several signs of Vick's shrinking assets as evidence that the money should be set aside, including lawsuits from banks, defaults on several loans, and the attempted sale of an Atlanta home.