House owned by Vick gets raided

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SMITHFIELD, Va. - Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick owns the property near Smithfield, Va., where police found some injured and emaciated dogs, but relative, Davon Boddie, lives in the house.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick owns the property near Smithfield, Va., where police found some injured and emaciated dogs, but relative, Davon Boddie, lives in the house.

Police also found items associated with dog fighting.

State Police Sgt. D.S. Carr said Vick's relative, Davon Boddie, 26, lives in the house. Vick owns the property, but doesn't live there and wasn't present when a search warrant was executed in a drug investigation Wednesday night, Carr said.

Boddie was arrested outside a nightclub by Hampton police April 20 on charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute. The search warrant was executed by a multijurisdictional task force in a narcotics probe.

More than 60 dogs were found in three buildings. Some appeared malnourished, scarred and injured, officials said.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said the group has "heard troubling reports for some time that Michael Vick has been involved in organized dog fighting, and we fear that this investigation may validate that very disturbing allegation."

The animal rights group PETA has asked Falcons owner Arthur Blank to suspend Vick pending the investigation and "to kick him off the team if it is found that dogs on Vick's property were neglected or used for fighting."

In a letter to Blank, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it was the second time it was writing to the owner about one of his players and allegations of cruelty to animals.

On Feb. 23, the organization wrote to him about defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux's felony charges in Georgia stemming from the fatal beating of a dog.

Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the team still was gathering information on the report and had no immediate comment.

A spokeswoman for Vick's foundation declined comment.

Joel Segal, the quarterback's agent, and Larry Woodward, a Virginia attorney who has worked with both Vick and his younger brother, Marcus, didn't immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

Vick and two other former Virginia Tech stars - Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall and former Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith - will be in New York Saturday for the NFL Draft.

They are scheduled to join Hokies football coach Frank Beamer and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a predraft ceremony to honor the victims of the recent shooting at the Blacksburg, Va., school.

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sstill58
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sstill58 04/27/07 - 07:30 am
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wow who would of thunk

wow who would of thunk it,another proffesional player tied to something illegal if not by purpose by ownership, Law enforcement really need to investigate this thorughly and find out once and for all if Vick is tied up in this. If he is not then leave the man alone if he is then punish him to the fullest extent of the law.

ForHim
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ForHim 04/27/07 - 11:49 am
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Anyone that instigates or

Anyone that instigates or participates in dog fighting or any other animal fighting, should be thrown into a pit with the angry animals and left. How disgusting is it for someone to train animals to fight to the death and then mistreat them when they are fortunate (and I say this loosely) to stay alive.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 04/27/07 - 11:56 am
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Don1, I offer this form of

Don1, I offer this form of punishment: Rabid squirrels in heat let loose in their underwear.

ForHim
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ForHim 04/27/07 - 12:21 pm
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That would work!

That would work!

Honden
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Honden 04/27/07 - 01:26 pm
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While I understand the

While I understand the attempt ( by PETA) to blame Vick for this situation, ( he is the "property owner" afterall ) I disagree with it.

jaschild
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jaschild 04/27/07 - 05:44 pm
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honden, exactly what do you

honden, exactly what do you disagree with? while it is entirely possible that vick simply doesn't have any idea of what is happening on his property, it seems more likely that he may have known enough to condone the dog fighting.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 04/27/07 - 11:55 pm
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Oh these ball people that

Oh these ball people that people worship!When will there ever be a proper one worthy of all the hype.

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