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Why Teens Tied Dog to Tracks: She Was 'Too Sweet'

4 face charges as Cabela continues recovery

(Newser) - Police say they've found the individuals who shot a pit bull and tied the dog to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Teenagers Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, both 17, decided to "get rid of" female dog Cabela after she was purchased to fight other dogs, but was... More »

50 Pit Bulls Rescued in Dogfighting Raid

Animals recovering after breeding operation shut down

(Newser) - "When you see a piece of property that has 42 adult dogs chained up with tow chains using a tire axle to secure the chains in the ground ... they're probably not raising pets," a deputy told the Mountain Press after a raid that rescued dozens of pit... More »

Michael Vick Has a Dog

Spotted with Belgian Malinois at a training class

(Newser) - Four years after his prison sentence for dog fighting ended, Michael Vick is a dog owner once again. TMZ has pictures of Vick and his dog at a New Jersey PetSmart, where the dog was taking a training class (presumably not to learn how to fight other dogs to the... More »

Queen's Corgis Savage Princess Beatrice's Terrier

Max, 11, nearly loses ear in tussle

(Newser) - The cutthroat machinations of the royal throne can be infamously treacherous, but who knew the royal doghouse could be so dangerous? Last week in Balmoral, the Queen's Scottish vacation home, the Queen's six corgis got into a fight with the Duke of York's three Norfolk terriers, reports... More »

Michael Vick Rips ‘Dog Wars’ App

Stop promoting animal cruelty, says Eagles quarterback

(Newser) - Michael Vick is growling about the new "Dog Wars" app for Google's Android phone. Created by Kage Games, the app allows users to feed, water, dope, train, and fight virtual dogs in bloody battles. " Train your dog to beat the best ," says the website for the... More »

Michael Vick Lands First Endorsement Deal

He'll pitch for equipment company Unequal Technologies

(Newser) - Big milestone in Michael Vick's comeback: He's landed his first national endorsement deal since the dog-fighting scandal that landed him in jail. The Eagles quarterback will be the spokesman for Unequal Technologies, a maker of sporting equipment—including the rib protection he wore this season, notes Yahoo Sports . The company... More »

White House: Obama 'Condemns' Vick's Crime

But he believes in second chance for those who've 'paid for' crimes

(Newser) - Yes, President Obama did applaud the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner for giving Michael Vick a chance—but the White House is soothing any ruffled feathers by clarifying that he “condemns” the quarterback’s crimes, a spokesman tells the Huffington Post . Obama “does think that individuals who have paid for... More »

Michael Vick Wants Another Dog

... to help his rehabilitation

(Newser) - Michael Vick gives an interview to the Grio in which he talks about his reformed ways and his campaign against dog-fighting, but one quote is grabbing the attention: "I would love to get another dog in the future," he says. "I think it would be a big... More »

Michael Vick's Doing Fine; His Dog, Not So Much

One of the rescue animals remains traumatized

(Newser) - Michael Vick has served his time and is back to life as a star athlete, but the Dallas Observer checks in on another whose transition hasn't been as smooth. Meet Mel, one of the dogs rescued from Vick's house. "That's him, quivering in the corner. Shaking uncontrollably. Convulsing. The... More »

Dog Fighting, Football Share Brutal Similarities

We despise one and love the other. But willful injury is inherent to both

(Newser) - Malcolm Gladwell is serious when he asks the question, in the New Yorker, whether football is really any different from dog fighting. He doesn't just mean that both inflict grievous injury to combatants—though the brain damage sustained by football linemen takes considerably longer to kill them—but that there... More »

Justices Cite Free Speech in Animal Abuse Videos

They seem ready to strike down law

(Newser) - The Supreme Court seems likely to back an appellate court ruling that said depictions of animal cruelty are protected as free speech by the First Amendment. In arguments today, the justices considered the case of a man convicted of selling dogfighting videos under a 1999 law that equates videos of... More »

Nike: We Have No Deal With Vick

(Newser) - Not so fast, Michael Vick. A day after the quarterback's agent announced he had been re-signed by Nike, the sneaker company says it's just not true. “Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael Vick," said a spokesman. He added, however, that Vick is getting some free... More »

Sack Vick, Feed a Dog: Animal Shelter

To raise awareness of pit bull plight, group will match tackles with food

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania animal shelter has put a price on Michael Vick’s head—sort of. Main Line Animal Rescue ran an ad in the Washington Post promising to donate five bags of dog food to local shelters every time a Redskin sacks Vick during their Oct. 26 game. “We... More »

Vick Plays Early, Gets Standing O in Philly Debut

He plays QB, receiver in Eagles offense; protests muted

(Newser) - Though there was a smattering of protesters both for and against Michael Vick, the convicted dog-killer got a standing ovation from the Philadelphia fans when he made his Eagles debut on their first offensive series of tonight’s exhibition game, the Inquirer reports. Vick lined up at quarterback and wide... More »

Dress Your Dog Like Michael Vick

(Newser) - Philadelphia Eagles fans might froth at the mouth over replica jerseys touting their new dog-fighting convict quarterback Michael Vick, but dog-size Vick jerseys could turn out to be a big hit. The NFL has sanctioned the K-9 jerseys, allowing customers through its website to customize the uniform with Vick's name,... More »

Vick Looks Solid in First Practice

(Newser) - Michael Vick returned with his No. 7 to the football field today, running the scouts' offense in practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. How'd he do? Apparently, not bad for an ex-con: "His first toss ... was a little wobbler over the middle to Danny Amendola," notes the Eagles blog... More »

Vick Signs With Eagles

(Newser) - Michael Vick is back in the NFL. The recently released dog-fighter signed a surprise two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, reports ESPN. Vick—who claims debt of about $4 million—will get $1.6 million the first year with the possibility of $5.2 million the second. He can immediately... More »

Undercover Texas Cops Sting Dog-Fighting Ring

(Newser) - A pair of Houston cops recently put away nearly 100 dog fighters, but to do so they had to become “dogmen” themselves. Texas Monthly recounts the undercover sting and provides a look at the brutal sport. The cops were reluctant at first—“we just figured it was piddly... More »

NFL Will Let Vick Play Again

(Newser) - Michael Vick can play football again, ESPN reports. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with the newly free quarterback today and settled on a conditional reinstatement, sources say. Vick will be allowed to sign with a team—so far, none have said they want him—but will be suspended four games... More »

PETA Wants Psych Test for Vick to Return

Animal-rights group threatens NFL with protest otherwise

(Newser) - PETA may protest if Michael Vick gets another job in the NFL without first undergoing a psychological evaluation, the animal-rights group’s DC office says. A spokesperson tells CBS affiliate WUSA-TV that a person who’s served time has the right to go free, but isn’t entitled to go... More »

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