Dogfighting Operation Suspected on Vick’s Property

Following up on yesterday’s story about federal agents visiting the property belonging to Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, the Associated Press has learned that federal authorities have filed court documents outlining a suspected dogfighting operation on Vick’s property in Surry, VA; Vick was not named in the documents.  Also, federal agents searched the property yesterday. They finished their work about 4:30 p.m. and declined to answer reporters’ questions as they left.

The documents, filed Monday in United States District Court in Richmond, VA, and obtained yesterday by The Associated Press, contain the physical address of the home that has been the center of the investigation.  According to these documents, dog fights have been sponsored by Bad Newz Kennels at the property since at least 2002.  For the events, participants and dogs traveled from South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, Texas and other states.  In addition, members of the venture also knowingly transported, delivered and received dogs for animal fighting, the documents said.  Bad News is a local nickname for Newport News, VA, Vick’s hometown.

Fifty-four animals were recovered from the property during searches in April, along with a “rape stand,” used to hold dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified for dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting, the documents said.  According to the filings, the property was used as the “main staging area for housing and training the pit bulls involved in the dog fighting venture”.  Members of Bad Newz Kennels also sponsored and exhibited fights in other parts of the country, the filings said.  Vick has often said he rarely visited the property.  No charges have been filed.

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