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The Michael Vick case illustrates many attributes common to the dozens of organized dogfighting cases the Animal Legal Defense Fund has seen over the years: Michael Vick, then 21, began his rookie year as a professional football player the same year he and three associates – Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor – began a dogfighting operation named “Bad Newz Kennels” at a property purchased by Vick in Surry County, Virginia.
They bought dogs in Virginia and other states and brought them to the new facility. The co-conspirators set up the property for a dogfighting venture.
The fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours.
Before fights, dogs would be bathed to remove any poison or narcotic that might have been placed on them to hinder their opponents’ performance. Gambling purses were frequently in the thousands of dollars.
But they’re not bothering those people because those people are not big names. A witness told federal investigators that dog carcasses were buried on the property. Department of Agriculture executed their own search warrant and found the remains of 6-8 dogs in two mass graves.I’m sure there’s some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else.” “Politicians,” added (Chris) Samuels, who found it hard to keep from giggling while Portis was talking. A federal investigator then asked local authorities to execute a search warrant, but they did not. A month later, on July 6, Federal investigators executed a fourth search warrant. § 371 Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.Vick, now 27, and his three associates were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia and charged with violating federal law 18 U. The “interstate commerce” requirement gives the federal court jurisdiction over an activity otherwise regulated by the state.Dogs who lost fights were sometimes executed: “In or about March of 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull’s condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal.” (Federal indictment PDF) In 2004, Vick had a 10-year, 0 million contract with the NFL. When Davon Boddie, Vick’s cousin, was arrested on drug charges, he gave Vick’s property as his address.Surry County authorities searching the property found probable cause to obtain a second search warrant for animal cruelty/dogfighting.
Each is a felony charge with a maximum 5 year prison term.