Saturday, December 1, 2007

Vick Pays $1 Million For Care of Dogs

RICHMOND, VA—Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick placed nearly $1 million in an escrow fund to pay for the care of 54 pit bulls seized earlier this year from his Bad Newz Kennels property in Surry County. The dogs had been part of his dog fighting operation.

Vick, 27, pleaded guilty in August to felony dog fighting conspiracy charges and voluntary surrendered to U.S. Marshals on Nov. 19 to begin serving his prison term. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 10 but it’s likely it will receive 18 months. Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, a facility which houses about 450 inmates.

Vick placed $928,073 into the escrow fund which will be “used to pay whatever restitution money is ultimately ordered in this case”. Federal prosecutors had ordered Vick to pay for the dogs’ care and as part of his guilty plea, he agreed to pay “restitution for the full amount of the costs associated with the disposition of the all dogs” involved in the case.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced two of Vicks’ co-defendants for their roles in the dog fighting operation. Although federal prosecutors had asked that Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace be sentenced on the low end of the sentencing guidelines for their cooperation in the case and subsequent guilty pleas, dog owner Hudson sentenced Phillips to 21 months and Peace to 18. They could have been each sentenced up to five years in prison.

The state trial in the case is scheduled to begin on April 2 in Surry County.

Vick has admitted that he financed the dog fighting operation and had participated in the killing of at least six pit bulls which had not performed well in “testing sessions” but said that he had never gambled on the dog fights.

According to a summary of facts recited in the plea agreement, “most of the Bad Newz Kennels operation and gambling monies were provided by Vick” and that when the dogs of the kennel won, the winnings were split between Vick’s co-defendants and partners in the operation, Tony Taylor, Peace and Phillips.

Taylor is also scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10.

The court papers said that Vick didn’t receive any of the purse money won by the kennel. He did admit to joining with others in killing six to eight dogs that didn’t perform to their standards and executed them by drowning or hanging the dogs.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to recommend the minimum sentence which is 18 months in prison but ultimately, the final decision in sentencing rests with the judge. Vick’s surrender was approved by the judge.

Vick has agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigations into the dog fighting operation including testifying before grand juries.

He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

The Falcons are attempting to recover $22 million of Vick’s signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed with the team in 2004. At the earliest, Vick would not be eligible to play again until 2009.

In the July 17 indictment, it was alleged that Vick bred, raised and trained dogs at his home expressly for dog fighting. The indictment also included a forfeiture allegation seeking recovery of any property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of these offenses.

According to the indictment, Vick and his co-defendants were involved in an ongoing animal fighting venture based out of a property owned by Vick located in Smithfield, Va., from early 2001 through on or about April 25. Vick had allegedly attended the dog fights in Virginia and several other states. 12-1-07

I just saw this in the news. It looks like Michael Vick's challenges as a result of this part of his life are just beginning.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Another great pit bull video

What was a little disturbing is I found this on you tube as " Pit Bull attacks 8 month old baby". As you can tell the baby is in no danger. It is a shame that people try to leverage pit bull's bad rep to market a cute video.

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Pit Bull and Chicks

I love pit bulls almost asmuch as I love Great Danes. I think pit bulls get such a bad rap and it is so unfortunate that they have been picked as "America's fighting dog". There are so many other breed s that could have just as easily been picked that we do not hear all that much about with regards to aggression and fighting.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Top Ten Dog Breeds

The AKC recently released their top ten dog breeds in the country list. I was reading about it in one of the dog magazines that I receive every month.

Here is the list in case you have not seen it:

1. The Labrador Retriever - No surprise here. Labs have been atop the leader board for the last 16 years.

2. The Yorkshire Terrier - A lot of dog in a little package.

3. The German Shepherd Dog - One of the hardest working and trainable dog breeds.

4. The Golden Retriever - Who does not love a golden.

5. The Beagle - Snoopy would be proud.

6. Dachshund - A burrowing dog with a unique personality

7. Boxer - A big silly billy with tons of energy

8. The Poodle - Glamorous and smart

9. Shih Tzu - A little lion dog

10. Minature Schnauzer - a fearless and sometimes mischievious dog

Lucy is not talking to me because Great Danes did not make the list, but then again she does not talk to me anyway.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

I found this list on a site: This might make you laugh regardless if you are a dog or cat owner or both.

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and get back to you when they are good and ready.

Dogs will give you unconditional love forever. Cats will make you pay for every mistake you"ve ever made since the day you were born.

Dogs will let you give them a bath without taking out a contract on your life.

Dogs will tilt their heads and listen whenever you talk. Cats will yawn and close their eyes.

Dogs will bark to wake you up if the house is on fire. Cats will quietly sneak out the back door.

Dogs will sit, lie down, and heel on command. Cats will smirk and walk away.
Dogs will bring you your slippers or the evening newspaper. Cats might bring you a dead mouse.

Dogs will greet you and lick your face when you come home from work. Cats will be mad that you went to work at all.

Dogs will play Frisbee with you all afternoon. Cats will take a three hour nap.
Dogs will sit on the car seat next to you. Cats have to have their own private box or they will not go at all.

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