Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files

August 4th, 2007 1:31 pm by Kelly Garbato

Note: I’m still adding to the link roundup I created in my original Michael Vick post, True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…. AnimalBlawg was kind enough to link to lil’ ole me, so that particular post is getting the most traffic at the moment. Keep checking back for additional links and updates.

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8/2/07: PART 1 – [LETTER] Ask NFL To Release Michael Vick Without Pay
8/2/07: PART 2 – [ACTION/UPDATES] The Vick Dogfighting Files

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1. ACTION: Polls, Petitions, Feedback Forums
2. Vick Sponsors: Going, Going, Gone
3. The Vick Files: A Timeline In Cruelty
4. Timeline Of Dogfighting Events, From Federal Filing


1. ACTION: Polls, Petitions, Feedback Forums

Survey: Vick Indictment – How do you feel about dogfighting allegations?

Sign Statement Against Dogfighting

Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!

ESPN Poll: Are you surprised Vick was indicted?

Pet Lovers Against NFL Players

NFL Players And Dog Fighting Are Inhumane Forum

Thank NPR Outstanding Coverage On Vick Story
From: adrienne dearmas, adrienne [at]
NPR has done an OUTSTANDING job of covering the Vick story and subsequent stories on pitbull fighting. Tomorrow on Weekend edition, they’re doing a follow up story on shelters. They’ve been graphic and comprehensive, whereas many news orgs have mentioned the story and moved on. Please encourage your readers to contact NPR and commend them for doing so:



NOTE: The phenomenal lyrics and images in this video will make you weep…




2. Vick Sponsors: Going, Going, Gone


7/31/07: ATLANTA — Michael Vick lost another sponsor — Rawlings. The sports goods company said it was ending its relationship with the Atlanta Falcons quarterback because of dogfighting conspiracy charges.

“Rawlings recognizes Mr. Vick has not been convicted of the charges stemming from his recent indictment,” the St. Louis company said. “However, we have determined that ending our relationship with Mr. Vick at this time is necessary.” Rawlings used Vick’s image in promotional displays in stores…



7/28/07: CARLSBAD, Calif. — Upper Deck has removed all Michael Vick
autographed memorabilia from its online store and will remove the indicted quarterback’s trading card from NFL sets that are scheduled to be released in October.



7/27/07, FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick, while Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey. Facing protests from animal-rights groups, Nike announced it was suspending Vick’s endorsement deal without pay, as well as halting sales of Vick-related shoes and other products at its retail stores…

Since Vick has not been convicted of any crime, Nike left open the door to resume its business relationship with the star player if he’s acquitted. “We do believe Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen in the United States,” according to the statement. “Therefore, we have not terminated our relationship…”



Nike World Headquarters
One Bowerman Drive; Beaverton, OR 97005-6453
ph: 1-800-344-6453
Special Nike Headquarters for complaints about Michael Vick:
1-800-344-6453, option 5

Nike USA, Inc.
Consumer Services
P.O. Box 4027; Beaverton, OR 97076-4027


6/07 — In June, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that AirTran had dropped Vick as a commercial spokesman after his contract expired on May 8. The quarterback had done ads for the airline since 2004.

FULL STORY: [here]


3. The Vick Files: A Timeline In Cruelty

8/2/07: Throw Michael Vick out of the game, by Daphna Nachminovitch — It’s time for Michael Vick to hang up his Falcons jersey. He should be immediately suspended from the NFL and, if convicted of dogfighting, thrown in the slammer. People who abuse animals belong in prison, not on the playing field. Anyone who is capable of the heinous cruelty that is detailed in Vick’s damning 18-page indictment poses a danger not only to animals but also to fellow humans…



8/1/07: Government Makes a Case, and Holds Dogs as Evidence. 60 Dogs Seized From Vick’s Property Sheltered In Counties Kennels, By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT — More than 60 dogs seized from Michael Vick’s property have been sheltered here and in kennels across several counties in southeastern Virginia since April.

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One of the 54 pit bulls taken from Michael Vick’s property. In the indictment of Vick and three others, the government said some of the dogs “had scars and injuries appearing to be related to dog fighting.”

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When drug investigators searched the property, they found 66 dogs, mostly pit bulls, equipment used in training dogs to fight and a dogfighting pit.,0,6972667.photogallery?coll=dp-news-local-final&index=6

The dogs’ fate has been undecided while the government investigates a suspected dogfighting ring that federal prosecutors say was run from the property. The dogs are considered evidence and, eventually, will probably be euthanized.

“Officials from our organization have examined some of these dogs and, generally speaking, they are some of the most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a telephone interview…

“The fate of these dogs will be up to the government, but we have recommended to them, and believe, they will be eventually put down…”

A spokeswoman at the United States attorney’s office in Richmond described the dogs as part of the investigation and would not discuss the government’s plans for them.

Vick, 27, and three others — Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Va.; Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; and Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta — pleaded not guilty last week to charges related to a dogfighting operation that the authorities said was called Bad Newz Kennels.

On Monday, Taylor pleaded guilty and agreed to help prosecutors make their case. He signed a 13-page statement confirming much of what the government stated when it indicted the four men July 17…

More charges are expected in the case, and a trial has been scheduled for November. Vick, the star quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, has been suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.

Tyrone W. Franklin, the county administrator for rural Surry County, had to sort out where the dogs were placed. Twelve of them went to the small Surry Animal Control Pound, which is less than 10 miles from Vick’s property, down a gravel road behind acres of trees. Franklin sought help from surrounding counties and shelters to take the other dogs…



7/31/07: Vick’s Co-Defendant Agrees to Plea Deal, By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT — Tony Taylor, a 34 year-old from Hampton, Va., pleaded guilty here in United States District Court to charges of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsoring “a dog in an animal fighting venture.”

Taylor, Vick and Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; and Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, pleaded not guilty last week in the case.

But as part of his deal, Taylor signed a 13-page statement that confirmed much of what the government asserted in its indictment of the men on July 17. Taylor outlined his involvement with the others in a dogfighting enterprise known as Bad Newz Kennels, according to the statement.

He attested to how he scouted a property for Vick to buy in Smithfield, Va., as the base for the venture and cited numerous examples in which the group bought, trained and sponsored dogs in connection with fighting. He also said they gambled on the fights…

The 18-page indictment against the men accuses them in graphic detail of animal cruelty. During a search of Vick’s property in April, 54 pit bulls were recovered, along with a so-called rape stand used to hold dogs in place for mating, an electronic treadmill modified for dogs, and bloody carpeting…



7/31/07: One of the four indicted changes plea,0,5703740.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

7/30/07: Co-defendant: Vick bankrolled dogfighting ring, RICHMOND, Va.

7/30/07: Co-defendant Tony Taylor cuts plea deal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

7/30/07: Vick Codefendant Pleads Guilty

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Tony Taylor makes a quick exit from court into a waiting car following his plea agreement hearing Monday, July 30, 2007, in Richmond, Va. Taylor, 34, a codefendant of Atlanta Falcon Quarterback Michael Vick, pleaded guilty Monday to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick and two other codefendants pleaded not guilty last week to the same charges.,0,6972667.photogallery?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/31/07: This is not a sport — The allegations of illegal dog fighting against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick are serious and disturbing. While Vick is entitled to due process under our Constitution, one would have to be in denial to believe that he is innocent of any knowledge or participation in this gruesome crime…



7/30/07: Vick interview: Says he’s put Atlanta, Falcons owner through a lot. ATLANTA — Michael Vick, embattled quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, told a radio interviewer that he has put Atlanta and Falcons owner Arthur Blank through a difficult experience, but he hopes circumstances will permit him to play with the team again…

FULL STORY:,0,2419370.story?coll=dp-news-local-final


NFL quarterback Michael Vick has drafted a new high profile lawyer,0,2413.story?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/30/07: Seeing the big picture of dog-fighting — Pet-Abuse.Com, an organization nationally recognized for their efforts to implement cutting edge technology in the fight against animal cruelty, recently launched a project that shows the public just how widespread a problem animal cruelty really is…

“Because of the extensive media coverage related to the Michael Vick dog-fighting allegations, the public is starting to see some of the horrors that animals go through. It’s been a real wake-up call for some,” Pet-Abuse.Com president Alison Gianotto says.

Gianotto says although there has been tremendous media coverage on the Michael Vick dog-fighting allegations, Vick isn’t the first professional athlete to be charged with dog-fighting and animal abuse…

To check out the new mapping system, visit:

For more information or to make a donation, visit:

For more information, contact Alison L. Gianotto at: agianotto [at]



Dog fighting is cruelty of worst kind, By Ed Felsher, Hattisburg American


7/29/07: Prosecution of dogfighting cases kept on short leash – Despite the blood sport’s suspected popularity in the West, serious pursuit of the crime is rare. Cases are time consuming and pricey, plus more serious offenses against people take priority, experts say. By Joey Bunch, Denver Post…



7/27/07: Nike Suspends Vick Contract — Nike has released the following statement: “Nike has suspended Michael Vick’s contract without pay, and will not sell any more Michael Vick product at Nike-owned retail at this time…”

Reebok has also made the decision to stop sales of Michael Vick apparel, stating: “While we respect the legal process we find the allegations against Mr. Vick too disturbing to ignore, therefore, we have decided to immediately suspend selling Vick NFL product, both at retail and online through the Reebok website…”



Nike shelves Vick deal; Reebok cuts shirt,0,2139488.story?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/26/07: Link to Larry King segment on Dog Fighting

From LauraGonzo [at] — For those who missed it, guest host Lisa Bloom interviews APSCA’s Randall Lockwood and HSUS’s John Goodman, and later Barbara Eden, Tamar Geller, and her pit bull ambassador John Henry:

7/26/07: Vick pleads not guilty, RICHMOND — NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges related to dogfighting today. He and his codefendants, who also pleaded not guilty, were in U.S. District Court in Richmond today for a bond hearing and arraignment. Vick, a Newport News native who plays football for the Atlanta Falcons, and Tony Taylor of Hampton, Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach and Quanis Phillips of Atlanta were indicted July 17 for conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture.

FULL STORY:,0,102424.story?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/24/07: NFL Commissioner Tells Michael Vick to Stay Out of Training Camp Amid Dogfighting Charges, NEW YORK — Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to Stay away from the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him…

FULL STORY:,2933,290515,00.html

Owner: Falcons were ready to suspend Vick,0,1624498.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

Vick barred from training camp,0,1640505.story?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/22/07: Suspend Michael Vick Now. NFL Commissioner Sending Wrong Message — The recent indictment of National Football League quarterback Michael Vick et al. contains some of the most egregious, wanton acts of inhumanity toward animals ever reported in the sports world. The evidence as a whole, much too gruesome and extensive to repeat, leaves even lawyers such as ourselves with little doubt about its validity. Yet Commissioner Roger Goodell has chosen to stand behind – actually next to, in his press conference – the quarterback, vowing to let the legal process “determine the facts…”

FULL STORY:,0,5457050,full.story


7/21/07: Kerry wants NFL to suspend Vick – The Massachusetts senator will introduce legislation to crack down on dogfighting. BY DAVID LERMAN, WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry called Friday for the immediate suspension of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and promised legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal dogfighting…

FULL STORY:,0,2361400.story?coll=dp-commnews


7/20/07: Sen. Byrd labels dogfighters ‘barbaric’ – The dean of the Senate wonders whether the real animals are those watching the dogs fighting. BY CHARLES BABINGTON | WASHINGTON — Allegations of a vicious dogfighting ring prompted an unusually emotional speech in the Capitol Thursday, as the Senate’s longest-serving member fought tears and called for God’s judgment on those who promote such activities…

FULL STORY:,0,5612893.story?coll=dp-commnews


Dogfight Part I: Michael Vick vs. Senator Robert Byrd

Dogfight Part II: Michael Vick vs. Senator Robert Byrd

Dogfight Part III: Michael Vick vs. Senator Robert Byrd


7/20/07: Old law applies in Vick case – The new federal law makes dogfighting a felony but was signed after the NFL star’s case began. BY VERONICA GORLEY CHUFO, SURRY — Tougher dogfighting penalties that were signed into law May 3 could not be used against Michael Vick and three others indicted in the Surry County case… Vick, a Newport News native and Atlanta Falcons quarterback, and three others were charged with conspiracy to travel across state lines “to further an unlawful activity” and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture. The travel portion of the indictment is a felony. The dogfighting portion is a misdemeanor. In the new law, dogfighting is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison…

FULL STORY:,0,4060747.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

PHOTOS & VIDEOS:,0,1600753.storygallery?coll=dp-news-local-final


7/18/07: An Ugly World – Michael Vick’s indictment on dogfighting charges has brought the cruel activity into the headlines this week. But animal-rights activists say the practice is nothing new, and is, in fact, growing in popularity. By Steve Tuttle, Newsweek — Minnie, a brown pit bull-boxer mix with white feet, was tied to a tree when she was a puppy and repeatedly attacked by other dogs as part of a dogfight-training exercise in Louisville, Ky. She was rescued after her abusers fled and left her for dead, her torn flesh riddled with infections…

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Karen Tam / AP (left); Christopher Barth / Gloucester County Times-AP

Canine Abuse: Dogs trained for fighting (like this one confiscated by animal control officials) can be worth thousands of dollars to their owners, who sometimes sell videotapes (left) of the bloody matches.



NFL News: Mike check (links to stories, update from the NFL’s official website):


4. Timeline Of Dogfighting Events, From Federal Filing


Early 2001: Taylor, Phillips and Vick decide to start a dog-fighting venture. Peace joins the operation later in the year.

May 2001: Taylor identifies the property at 1915 Moonlight Road as a suitable location for housing and training pit bulls for fighting.

June 2001: Vick pays $30,000 for the purchase of the Moonlight Road property.

2001: Vick and his codefendants start acquiring pit bull dogs for the fighting operation from various locations outside of Virginia.

On or about Sept. 11, 2001: Phillips, Tayor and Vick purchase four pit bull puppies for about $1,000 from an individual in Williamsburg. One of these is a male named “Magic.”

Early 2002: Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick establish “Bad Newz Kennels” and continue developing the Moonlight Road property for the dogfighting venture.

Spring 2002: Peace, Phillips and Taylor, representing Bad Newz Kennels, travel from Virginia to North Carolina with a male pit bull named “Seal” to fight against another male pit bull named “Maniac.” The purse for the fight is established at about $500 per side, for a total of approximately $1,000. “Seal” lost the fight and the purse for Peace, Phillips and Taylor.

Summer 2002: Peace, Phillips, Tayor and Vick continued to “roll” or “test” dogs by putting them through fighting sessions at the Moonlight Road property. At this time Peace and Phillips each executed at least one dog, and Taylor executed at least two dogs that did not do well in testing.

Late 2002: Bad Newz Kennels hosts several dog fights at the Moonlight Road property. Among them, a dog fight between Maniac, from North Carolina and Zebro, owned by an unknown person who is aided by Taylor and Vick; a fight between a Bad Newz Kennel dog, Chico, and a dog from Alabama; and a “Grand Champion Fight” (where each dog is fighting for his fifth win) between male pit bills from North Carolina and Maryland.

Peace, Phillips and Taylor also travel from Virginia to Maryland to sponsor a Bad Newz Kennel female pit bull named Jane against another female owned by Show Biz Kennels of New York. Jane prevails over the other dog and earns the trio a purse of $2000.

Spring 2003: Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick and two other individuals travel from Virginia to North Carolina with Jane to participate in a fight with another female pit bull, owned by an unknown individual. Jane prevails.

An unknown individual with a male pit bull travels from South Carolina to Virginia for a dog fight hosted Bad Newz Kennels. A male pit bull named “Big Boy,” sponsored by Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick, fights the North Carolina dog. Big Boy prevails, winning the purse of approximately $3,000.

Fall 2003: Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick, representing Bad Newz Kennels, travel from Atlanta, Ga., to South Carolina with a male pit bull named Magic to participate in a dog fight against another male pit bull owned by unknown individuals from South Carolina. Magic prevails.

An individual, referred to as “Cooperating Witness #3” in the indictment, travels from North Carolina to Surry County with a male pit bull dog to participate in a fight with another male pit bull named Tiny, owned by Bad Newz Kennels. Bad Newz Kennels hosts the fight at the Moonlight Road property, and Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick sponsor Tiny in the fight, putting up the established purse of $3,500 for their side. Tiny prevails, winning the purse of $7,000.

Late 2003: Peace, Phillips and Taylor and another individual travel from Virginia to New Jersey with Jane for a fight against an unknown female pit bull owned by unknown individuals. The purse is established at about $5,000 per side, for a total of about $10,000. Jane prevails, winning the purse.

Unknown individuals travel from New Jersey to Virginia to participate in a fight against Big Boy of Bad Newz Kennels. Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick sponsor Big Boy in the fight, which takes place at the Moonlight Road property. Big Boy prevails over the dog from New Jersey.

Early 2004: Unknown individuals travel from Maryland to Virginia with a male pit bull to fight with another male pit bull named “Too Short,” owned by Bad Newz Kennels, which also hosts the fight. Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick sponsor Too Short, who prevails in the fight.

Spring 2004: Unknown individuals travel from New Jersey to Virginia with a male pit bull for a dog fight against Big Boy, owned by Bad Newz Kennels and sponsored by Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick. Bad Newz Kennels also hosts the fight at the Moonlight Road property. Big Boy prevails.

September 2004: Taylor departs from the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting venture following a disagreement with Phillips and others.

SOURCE: United States District Court Filing


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