"Bad Newz Kennels"
ran dog fights on Michael Vick property
Alleged dog fighting
operation was run by "Bad Newz Kennels" on property belonging to
the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
federal authorities alleged in court documents, that Virginia
property owned by the Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick, was
used by an outfit named "Bad Newz Kennels" to stage area for
housing and training the pit bills involved in the illegal dog
fights. The feds searched the property of Michael Vick again on
Friday, but did not comment on any findings.
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Michael Vick, who claims to have rarely
visited the property, has not been named in the court papers,
nor have any charges been filed against the Atlanta Falcons
player. But they allege that illegal dog fights have been staged
on Vick's property as far back as 2002, and many people
travelled from the neighboring states to witness the activity or
to participate with their own dogs. Members of the "Bad Newz
Kennels" have also travelled around those states with their
The court papers describe how the dogs
have been bathed to remove any poison or narcotic placed on the
dog's coat that could affect the other dog's performance. Some
of the promoters would also leave the dogs hungry the night
before a fight, to "make it more hungry for the other dog." The
fights usually ended with one of the dog's death.
The dog fighting scandal mentioning the
name of Michael Vick started in April this year, when the
authorities recovered 44 dogs from the "Bad Newz Kennels", along
with electric treadmills modified for dogs, force-mating
equipment and bloody carpeting. Michael Vick's property was
searched again in June, and the investigators found the graves
of seven dogs, which were allegedly killed by members of the
"Bad Newz Kennels".
Later that month, an informant suggested
authorities could find as many as 30 more dogs buried on the
property. More evidence seems to have been collected on Friday,
but the authorities have declined to comment.
According to Michael Vick, he let a
cousin of his live on the property, and blames the family member
for taking advantage of him. Vick also put the property for
sale, but there is no record that the sale has closed, despite
some rumors about a buyer.
Published on 07/06/2007