Reminder: Michael Vick's Dogs Were Shot, Electrocuted, Hanged and Beaten to Death

Categories: New York Jets

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Michael Vick playing against his future teammates in September 2009.
This weekend, the New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract worth a reported $5 million. Vick, according to the New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers, arrives in New York "with some forgettable baggage from his former days as a dogfighter."

...Forgettable baggage, huh? Sounds like now might be a good time to remind Myers, and Jets fans with only a distant memory of the case, of the crimes for which Michael Vick served 21 months in prison.

In addition to plunking down $34,000 to buy the Smithfield, Virginia, property where dozens of dogs were chained to car axles buried in the ground while they fought, sometimes to the death, in front of betting spectators, Vick and his co-defendants admitted to killing at least six (but perhaps as many as eight) dogs who did not display sufficiently aggressive traits during the "testing" process.

Several of those dogs were shot; at least two were were hosed down, then electrocuted. Three dogs were hanged, according to a report by the USDA inspector general, "by placing a nylon cord over a 2 x 4 that was nailed to two trees;" three more dogs were drowned "by putting the dogs' heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water."

Vick, with his partner, Quanis Phillips, killed yet another dog "by slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog's back or neck." When another of his dogs was disqualified after jumping out of the ring during a fight, Vick had his associate, Purnell Peace, shoot that dog in the head with a .22 caliber pistol.

When federal officers raided Vick's property in 2007, they rescued 53 pit bulls. They also found nine pit bull carcasses, took samples of two skeletal remains, collected spent shell casings, syringes, and "pieces of plywood flooring and dry wall covered with dark stains believed to be canine blood." (Tests later confirmed, yes, the stains were dog blood.)

Other evidence seized from the property included a "rape stand" -- a device to which a female dog was strapped, her head fully restrained, so she could be raped by other dogs without ripping their throats out. (You can read the federal indictment and the follow-up from the USDA on the next page.)

..."Forgettable baggage"? Vick, who now works with the Humane Society (a partnership proposed by a Vick handler before he was even done serving his prison sentence) would probably like Jets fans to think of his dogfighting conviction in those terms.

But it's probably less forgettable for the dogs who were rescued from from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels, the folks who did the rescuing, and the families who adopted the dogs that could be adopted after all that happened to them.


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Read the federal indictment and the USDA inspector general's report on Vick's Bad Newz Kennels.


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hombre
hombre

and those joo nfl (national felon league) gave that creep millions.....

those owners are are a disgrace....

hombre
hombre

and those joo nfl (national felon league) gave that creep millions.....

those owners are are a disgrace....

lovemypitbulls
lovemypitbulls

To have done such a heinous crime makes me believe he is not fit for society. I know he spent time for his crime, but that does not mean that he is of sound mind upon release. I do not understand how he could want to be in the public eye knowing that we all know what he did. Also, the teams that hire him have no idea of human decency.

sergio.lozoya
sergio.lozoya

Michael Vick is a dog killer, period, can you imagine the last minutes of those pitbull dogs? the cruel way they were slaughtered? It was a massacre, and , honestly, I have no respect for the managers and coaches that gave this guy another chance, do you think Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry would have given this bastard a chance? NEVER, they would kick him out of the facilities if he even came close, Michael Vick is a criminal and he will always be. It is a shame that the "system" allows this mediocre player to be still around, and, he is now saying "I can take the Jets to the Super Bowl"! This ego mainiac is a piece of crap and I know at least 20 people who, if they find him face to face, they would kick his butt! including me!


chriszhill
chriszhill

I'd love to cave his head in with a bat. Weak, cowardly, piece of garbage. I hope he gets every kind of cancer possible and he gets anally raped by a team of redneck, inbred hillbillies with a hedge trimmer. Some one please shoot this scumbag.

cory.marchand.inc
cory.marchand.inc

Hell yes i value dogs lives over guys like vick.. people are sick these days... I hope Michael vick dies like the dogs he killed

Elliana
Elliana

Once you particpate in something so inhumane...you can never convince me that he wouldn't do it again if he thought he could get away with it...piece of shit waste of air!!

safedogs
safedogs

vick can never be rehabilitated. His attitude toward animals is not a cultural misstep. It is something inside him and cannot be changed. He did his time, okay. But he will always be a cruel and heartless sub human not worthy of anyone's praise on or off the field. He is not a role model, but a selfish coward. Nothing can change him on the inside...he will always be hated and he won't care, because he doesn't have any compassion and cannot relate. If all the bad feelings everyone has for him ever reached him he would implode.

theTRUTH
theTRUTH

If Michael Vick is so sorry for what he did why isn't he out there advocating against dog fighting and inhumane treatment of animals? Before you feel like he's paid his time I suggest you really read about what he did (The Lost Dogs) then maybe you won't feel so sorry for him. If he killed six or eight people you would feel differently right? People who support him now and say he's paid for it, they don't really value the lives of non-human animals. He's no role model. A person who did that who is truly sorry for their actions would be out advocating their time to help end dog fighting and animal cruelty. And in the end its between him and God and he will have a judgment day. 

leanne_46
leanne_46

@RICKEBABY1 GO TO HELL! vick is a piece of shit and alway will be!

d_spruill
d_spruill

Yeah, he served his time, alright.  He also stated, in a later interview, that he would probably still be doing this if he had not been caught.  If anything is forgettable here, it's hit football career.  Such a class act.

rickiebaby1
rickiebaby1

He served his time. Leave him alone! He admitted to his crimes and paid for them like a man. Ever heard of the concept of forgiveness? Is that what our society has come to that a man who admits to and pays for his crimes is forever vilified while men like Ray Lewis who was involved in the murder of a MAN but gives up his friends and gets a plea deal is forgiven or his sins forgotten because he never outright admitted to them? Seems a bit backwards to me. Michael Vick has paid his dues. Unless he goes back to that life, BACK OFF!

PhoenixJet
PhoenixJet

35 year Jet fan.  Been thru all the garbage.  And this is what has finally broken me.  Till he's gone I hope they lose every game.

egb222
egb222

It is said that young people who kill animals can grow up to kill or even be serial killers.  If he wanted to just kill the dogs, why the torture?  Personally, I think he's a very sick man and without help from a mental health professional is still is capable of things like he has done in the past.  If you looks at his eyes, he has a very strange glare, almost lifeless at times.  I could be wrong and I hope I am.

egb222
egb222

It is said that young people who kill animals can grow up to kill or even be serial killers.  If he wanted to just kill the dogs for non-performance, why the torture?  Personally, I think he's a very sick man and without help from a mental health professional is still is capable of things like he has done in the past.  If you look at his eyes, he has a very strange glare, almost lifeless at times, mean, hard, even when he smiles, he doesn't look happy. I agree he could be a sociopath.

egb222
egb222

It is said that young people who kill animals can grow up to kill or even be serial killers.  If he wanted to just kill the dogs, why the torture?  Personally, I think he's a very sick man and without help from a mental health professional is still is capable of things like he has done in the past.  If you looks at his eyes, he has a very strange glare, almost lifeless at times.  I could be wrong and I hope I am.

lacey_gayleen
lacey_gayleen

POS should have been kicked out of the NFL!!

bozack99
bozack99

Go Mike Vick go! Thank you for being such an agent of change and showing people that you can make positive changes in your life and you can be an inspiration for all types of people in the world, in particular, kids from the inner city who look up to you and are inspired by your story. Don't let the negativity of others affect you and continue to move forward. I am rooting and praying for you!

defender
defender

7+years of killing and torturing dogs more than qualifies Vick as a Sadist /psychopath. Sadists cannot be rehabbed nor do they "HAVE THE ABILITY" to be remorseful. Only black racists and ignorant illiterates support him. He was jailed for racketeering NOT animal cruelty. The crime of torturing countless dogs and small animals went TOTALLY UN-FKN PUNISHED. He served NO TIME for what he did to the animals. He has NEVER ONCE said he was sorry for what he did to the dogs. He DOES NOT work with any animal groups, and HSUS are the low-life pigs that got him back into football in the first place in hopes they would rake in the donations from stupid naïve Americans. Having good things to say about someone who derives pleasure from seeing animals suffer tremendous pain and suffering sends up a red flag to "decent people". Your parents are most likely low-life ghetto scum to have raised a child that doesn't know right from wrong and without the FIRST stitch of decency or moral integrity. YOU PEOPLE DISGUST ME.

friendofthedogs
friendofthedogs

Yes, some of us have watched every single instant of his news coverage. No, he has never apologized for what he did to the dogs, just for what he put his family through.  No, he did not pay for his crimes as his conviction was for racketeering, not animal abuse.  And as long as his victims are still struggling to have a normal, happy life, I will never forgive and never forget.  If you had to see how they work every day you wouldn't either.  


If he took some of his signing bonus and paid for some of the extraordinary expenses his dogs have incurred, that would go a long ways towards making amends.  Many of the dogs are sick with Babesia, a blood-born parasite.  Treatment is extremely expensive.  Many are still working with trainers and behaviorists, trying to gain a quality of life.  Ordinary people, who have welcomed those dogs into their homes are paying the costs that should be laid at his door.


When Richard Hunter, Mel's adoptive person, tried to talk to Vick about his dog, he was physically assaulted and sworn at.  And what was he told?  "We don't give a f*** about the dog".  Don't believe me?  You can watch the video on YouTube yourself.


Gina Freitas
Gina Freitas

And now, Michael Vicks earns millions doing what he loves. Listen here, Vicks, I believe in KARMA and you're gonna get yours.

dancintexn02
dancintexn02

Just get over it?! This guy is sick in the head. Most people don't realize the severity of what he did. That's even scarier. I feel sorry for your children.

Peter Richter
Peter Richter

I guess it's only wrong if you get caught right? Anyone can be remorseful after the fact, but if he hadn't been caught would he still be doing it?

Hansu Bansu
Hansu Bansu

Poor judgment? Really? This guy systematically tortured these animals, and now its "old news" because he served his time? There is something fundamentally wrong with this guy.

Kathy Charles
Kathy Charles

The bottom line is people who say he has done his time do not really care about animals. If he had stabbed, shot and electrocuted people, you would be screaming for his execution. But you don't think an animal's life is as important as that of a human beings. Some of us do. Some of us believe that with all the knowledge and power mankind possesses, one of our greatest concerns should be protecting the vulnerable of this world from cruelty, animal or human. For God's sake, he hung a dog upside down and stabbed it to death! WTF is wrong with you people????? Is football really more important than an animal's life??? I just don't understand the lack of compassion. Yeah sure - I'll get over it, just so the guy can throw a football around, which is all you people seem to care about. FFS.

Alicia Lucas
Alicia Lucas

He did his time, he shows remorse, he works with the humane society, let it go.

Merrilea Shields
Merrilea Shields

Sorry anyone who does that is beyond rehab if you ask me..shows the NFL would turn a blind eye to probably anything..boo Michael Vick!

vichater
vichater

@d_spruill He also stated that the only thing he regretted was the time he spent "in jail" Never mentioned the cruel behavior he put those poor dogs through. HE SUCKS

bonnysmama
bonnysmama

@rickiebaby1  vick has never paid his time- nothing can atone for the atrocities he committed; if he were truly remorseful he'd be doing everything in his power to promote kindness to animals and speaking (screaming) out against dogfighting and animal abuse. PISS OFF YOU IDIOT OR MAYBE YOU'RE OF A SIMILIAR ILK TO VICK

chriszhill
chriszhill

@rickiebaby1 Not good enough. He should be destroyed. Anyone capable of this will always be capable of this, and it is equivalent in my mind to child rape, molestation, murder and the savage beating of women... Ray Lewis is a chunk of $#!t as well... I'd personally love the opportunity to serve justice to them both. And valuing one life form over another is typically human and narcissistic. You are not better than a dog, or any other animal, or anything with a conscience and the ability to feel pain and fear. Clearly, you are not smarter either.

kat50va
kat50va

 he is a sick human i wouldnt even call him a man  not even human for what he did and torture of all them innocent dogs his 15 months of jail is not no paid for crimes for what he did,the only pay his dues will be when he burns in hell,if he hadnt got caught he would still be doing what he liked to do to animals for money,i see nothing backwards about it,he has no heart he is a disgrace for a human and always will be,there is no justice for what he did he could never pay for his crimes,he is one sick monster

tschnet1
tschnet1

@rickiebaby1 
If I felt that he was even a little remorseful, I might be inclined to accept that the served his time and allow him to live without the spotlight being on him for this horrendous act.  However, he has proven by his own comments, that he has no respect for animals and for that, I will not back off!!!


vichater
vichater

@PhoenixJet PROTEST PROTEST PROTEST!!! EVERY GAME. DON'T EVER LET THIS POS FORGET WHAT HE DID AND THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

chriszhill
chriszhill

@bozack99 I hope you die next to him in a burning inferno and your asshole falls out from cancer and if I had the chance, I'd cave your head in with a bat. I'm not nearly as kind as the rest of these folks. He should die a horrible death and so should anyone who looks up to him, or supports him. He is not reformed, and has no conscience. If he did, this would never have happened in the first place... This sort of behaviour rates in the same category as child rape, murder, molestation, savagely beating a woman... If you are capable of this... EVER, you are always capable and should be destroyed because you are wired wrong. Pitiful and shameful, there is no redemption but death for this savagery. He only cares about his career and without a team of high priced lawyers, he would not be free, he would not be part of any charity, he would be another piece of violent trash in prison, hopefully getting anally raped on a regular basis.

rickiebaby1
rickiebaby1

@bozack99 One of the few voices of reason on this post. Thanks bosack99, I'm with you. I never particularly liked Vick before this mess happened but Im rooting for him now. And guess what trollers, I'm a dog lover! Had them and loved them since I was 8. Here is hoping for the best for him.

defender
defender

@bozack99

Anyone who derives PLEASURE from the sadistic torture of animals should be euthanized in order to prevent any further propagation of their EVIL filth. Michael Vick supporters, well wishers, and all other ignorant illiterates need to be castrated with the same goal in mind. This activity can easily be classified as SUB-HUMAN behavior and should be eradicated as VERMIN. Only in America do people lead their children by the hand to worship a sadistic animal torturer.TOTALLY DISGUSTING!! HOCK TUEY!

jbanchiere
jbanchiere

@bozack99  You seriously think getting caught and not breaking the same laws again counts as "change"?

The pos drowned, shot and electrocuted dogs. What kind of sick F-er "roots" for someone like that?

clarubio
clarubio

@bozack99  Anyone who looks up to him is looking up to a sociopath. They cannot be redeamed or changed. He will never find true "redemption" for his crimes against those dogs because he never served time for animal cruelty. Read the deposition--it's all there. 

beansprout
beansprout

@defender  and what does holding on to it for this long make you? If I say God will take care of it am I a Black Racist, whatever that is?

bs_meter_pegged
bs_meter_pegged

@friendofthedogs  - I just saw Richard Hunter's bull$h!t video.  There's a reason why he disabled replies and ratings because people saw right through his pathetic attempt at slander.  Michael Vick is being rushed away by his bodyguards who frankly DON'T have to give a f*** your dog or any other.

caringtonjc
caringtonjc

He doesn't "work" for a humane society, he HAD TO DO community service  as part of the deal. Did you know that psychologists report that animal abusers often commit crimes against animals over and over, even after their brief arrest (if they get caught) and "community service"?!


It's incredibly naive to think Vick is cured of animal abuse. The only reason he might not do it again, is fear of losing $$$$$$$$$$. Animal abuse is childhood learned behavior from domestic violence, it does not magically go away. 

d_spruill
d_spruill

@rickiebaby1 if you can condone this in your mind, you're no 'dog lover' I want living on my block.  You value athletic ability over morals and humanity?  Time to re-evaluate YOUR priorities, bub. 

rickiebaby1
rickiebaby1

@defender @bozack99So someone who kills dogs should also be killed? You dont value human life above the life of animals? You should probably re-evaluate your priorities...

rickiebaby1
rickiebaby1

@jbanchiere @bozack99What more do you want from him? He paid the price that the law required. He hasnt done it again. Yes sir, that is change. I am just the kind of sick f-er that is rooting for him. Good luck Vick!

defender
defender

@beansprout @defender "What does it make me"?? It makes me the voice of the poor animals that he tortured to gruesome deaths for the pleasure of it.. that's exactly what it makes me.  And I will carry this hate for Michael Vick to my GRAVE as would anyone with a sense of moral dignity. No, you are not a black racist for saying God will take care of it And he certainly will without a doubt. On the other hand, it is impossible to defend the indefensible or forgive the unforgivable. Therefore it is logical to conclude that the people that support or otherwise CONDONE the actions of Michael Vick are either supporting him for the color of his skin which is RACIST, or IGNORANT ILLITERATES that don't know right from wrong.

defender
defender

@bs_meter_pegged @friendofthedogs Exactly Vick don't care about "NO" dogs. Which blows to pieces the argument that he is sorry and has apologized and deserves a second chance. HE HAS NEVER SAID HE WAS SORRY, and he never will. Oh, and by the way... no need to slander Vick. There is no way to slander common ghetto scum.

rickiebaby1
rickiebaby1

@defender @beansproutPersonal attacks and name calling directed at people that dont agree with your views should embarrass a calm logical person. We are neither ignorant (we have read all of the coverage, we have the same information you have) or illiterate (as stated, we have READ). And I am pretty proud of my moral compass.

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