Football quarterback for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons franchise, , was indicted Tuesday July 17th by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick and three other men; Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips, and Tony Taylor, were all charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines.
The indictment alleged that Vick and the threesome began a dogfighting operation, named "Bad Newz Kennels," in early 2001 in which dogs fought to the death, or close. They had the dogs housed trained and fought at a Surry County, Va., property owned by Vick. Losing dogs were sometimes killed by electrocution, drowning, hanging or gunshots.