Atlanta QB Vick Indicted on Dogfighting Charges

Atlanta QB, 3 others accused of running "Bad Newz Kennels," killing losing dogs
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2007 5:31 AM CDT
A home owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is seen as state and federal officials search the grounds in Smithfield, Va., in this July 6, 2007 file photo. The officials were looking for evidence...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A federal grand jury formally accused Falcons star Michael Vick of sponsoring and governing a Virginia-based dogfighting ring, along with three other Virginia men. The operation was based on Vick's Surry County property, and the QB is alleged to have attended fights and personally overseen the execution of underachieving pit bulls by brutal means—including hanging, drowning, and electrocution.

The prosecution contends the defendants bought the property in 2001 and named their enterprise "Bad Newz Kennels." Fights included purses of up to $26,000. Said the NFL: "We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him."