Vick signs plea, doesn't admit to killing dogs
By BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/24/07
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has signed a plea agreement in which he admits to sponsoring a dogfighting operation and promoting a business enterprise involving gambling but did not admit personally to killing any dogs.
However, the summary of facts accompanying the plea agreement said Vick was aware four dogs were killed in 2002 and six to eight dogs were killed this past April as a result of the "collective efforts" of Vick and two of his co-defendants.
Vick and his three co-defendants and others were involved in dog fights at his property in Virginia and in other states, says the summary of facts accompanying the plea agreement. This began in 2001 and carried on through this past April.
In 2002, according to the agreement, Vick and his co-defendants Ã¢â‚¬â€ Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace Ã¢â‚¬â€ "rolled" or "tested" Bad Newz Kennels dogs by putting them through fighting sessions to determine which ones were good fighters.
"Vick was aware that Phillips, Peace and Taylor killed a number of dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions around this time," the summary says. "Vick did not kill any dogs at this time."