On April 25, 2007 search began on Michael Vick's property. That day was the first discovery of Bad Newz Kennels, a dogfighting ring. Over fifty innocent dogs were rescued from the property. About half of the dogs were chained to car axles and just out of reach of each other. Police found a blood stained fighting area, animal training and breeding equipment, including a “rape stand”, a device in which a female dog who is too aggressive to submit to males for breeding is strapped down with her head in a restraint. They also found a “break” or “parting” stick, used to pry open fighting dogs' mouths during fights, treadmills and “slat mills” used to condition fighting dogs, and performance-enhancing drugs commonly used to increase the fighting potential in dogs, as well as to keep injured dogs fighting longer. Later, a federal investigation led to finding the remains of at least 6-8 dogs in two mass graves.
It has been reported that at least 3 dogs were "hanged from a nylon cord placed over wood that was nailed to two trees located next to a shed." They also killed at least 3 dogs by "putting the dogs' heads in a five gallon bucket of water." "Another man, after consulting with Vick, executed a losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal." According to one witness, Michael Vick, along with three other men, would fight their trained pitbulls with "pet dogs," and they “thought it was funny to watch the pitbulls belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs.” Michael Vick hosted dogfights on his own property as well as transporting dogs to other states to fight. The fights usually lasted several hours.
In July of the same year, Michael Vick, along with three other men, were indicted on federal offenses and state felony charges. On August 27, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to the charges. He got sentenced to 23 months in prison.
After his release, Michael Vick has supported anti-dogfighting campaigns. He has warned youth to stay away from dogfighting, and he has even been featured in a new PSA promoting an animal fighting tipline. He has a book set to release September 4, 2012 about himself, with large portions about his role in dogfighting.
I respect Michael Vick for changing and for sharing his story, but I do not think he should make any more money relating to his dogfighting past. Michael Vick doesn't need the money (He has a six year contract for 100 million dollars), but the ASPCA does. Michael Vick had direct involvement in dogfighting, high stakes gambling, and the brutal execution of dogs, and he should not make any money telling that story. I ask you to stand by me in ordering Michael Vick to donate all personal proceeds from Finally Free to the ASPCA. Thank you.