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Dogfighting Smackdown

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

One defendant, dubbed by U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins as "the godfather" of this ring, was sentenced to eight years in a federal penitentiary -- the longest prison sentence ever handed down in a federal dogfighting case.

Another Rescue in Tennessee: 50 Dogs Freed From Suspected Dogfighting Operation

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime
Wayne Pacelle

Our team ultimately found 50 dogs on the property - most chained to posts driven into the ground, with nothing more than a modified plastic barrel for shelter.

Why We Can't Forget Michael Vick's Dog-Fighting Past

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.27.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Originally printed in New York Post On Friday, the New York Jets signed Michael Vick to a one-year contract worth $5 million. His return on that inv...

Arin Greenwood

Over 64,000 People Think This Michael Vick Speech Is A Bad Idea | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green

According to a rather testy-sounding message posted to Facebook, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce was aware that "some would disagree" when the...

Diary of a Student Teacher: Breakups, Compassion, and Dogfighting

Matt Bieber | Posted 12.08.2013 | Arts
Matt Bieber

Judgment likes to think that it's coextensive with knowledge, but it isn't; they're much closer to opposites. Judging doesn't want to know, because wanting to know requires admitting to not knowing.

MMA Fighter Will Call Off Protests If Michael Vick Competes In Cage Match

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.24.2013 | Sports

Michael Vick will not be appearing at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in York, Pa. He'd been scheduled to sign autographs there, for $75 each -- photo...

Steve King's Farm Bill Amendment Hurts Animals -- and California Farmers

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The King Amendment is all about profits for Iowa Big Ag, at the tragic expense of hens, veal calves, sows, and California farmers.

Authorities Break Up Huge Dogfighting Ring With HIgh Ticket Prices

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 06.01.2013 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. — A raid on a barn in northern Mississippi over the weekend busted up what is thought to be one the biggest annual dogfights in t...

Michael Vick Gets What's Coming

Posted 12.30.2012 | Comedy

Yes, Michael Vick has accepted all the punishment he had coming after he was caught financing a heinous dogfighting ring. But that doesn't mean that p...

Cops Bust Dog-Fighting Ring That Included Pit Bulls, Puppy

Posted 12.08.2012 | Chicago

Pit bulls and a puppy were among the animals officials say were discovered at a south suburban Chicago dog-fighting ring busted by police Wednesday ni...

Michael Vick: Yes, I Have A Dog

Posted 10.11.2012 | Sports

Michael Vick has confirmed he owns a dog. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had initially refused to respond to rumors that he had a dog at home...

Effort Targeting Steve King Over Dogfighting Stance Rejected

Des Moines Register | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

Four Iowa television stations are refusing to air a TV ad from an animal welfare political group that criticizes U.S. Rep. Steve King for opposing fed...

Jason Linkins

Rep. Steve King Defends Sadistic Dog-Fighting Enthusiasts From State Governments And Their Dumb Rules | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

Lord knows there aren't a whole lot of debates that we can say, in terms of broad nationwide consensus, are settled. For crying out loud, whether ...

Video: Police Raid Home Of Detroit Rapper Who May Have Encouraged Dog, Cock Fighting

Posted 07.11.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT-- WXYZ reports that police are now at a home shown in a video from Young Calicoe, the Detroit rapper whom may have encouraged dog fighting and...

Shocking: Detroit Rapper Calicoe Showing Off His Dogfighting Operation?

Posted 07.10.2012 | Detroit

"Anyone want a fighting dog?" A Detroit rapper named Calicoe recorded a tour of his pad, which may, from the looks of it, house a dog-fighting oper...

Pit Bulls Euthanized After Hundreds Rescued From Dogfighting Ring

AP | OLIVER TEVES | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sixteen pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring in the Philippines were euthanized Tuesday for lack of facilities to re...

300 Pitbulls With Ripped Ears Rescued From Dogfighting

AP | Posted 05.31.2012 | Green

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police raided a dogfighting facility in a town south of Manila and rescued around 300 pitbulls, many with ripped ears and...

Has Michael Vick Changed Since Prison?

06/07/2011 | | Posted 08.07.2011 | Books

FOR A LOT of people who have interviewed Michael Vick in the 2 years since he finished his federal prison term and began his return to the NFL, the ce...

Fur Flies Around Controversial Dogfight App

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 06.25.2011 | Technology

Dog Wars, a controversial new app for Android devices, pits virtual dogs against one another in simulated blood-fight scenarios. The game requires...

Justice for Mistreated Animals in Florida and Arizona

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.08.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

We were happy to hear about meaningful criminal charges brought in two cases this week, after HSUS staff helped uncover a large animal fighting operation in Florida and rescue more than 200 animals in a hoarding case in Arizona.

Michael Vick Likely Saved Career in Oprah Cancellation

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morris W. O'Kelly

You'll often hear the argument, there is "no such thing as bad publicity." That would absolutely be untrue. Vick's audience on Oprah would presumably have been more attached to the family dog than anyone in the NFL.

New Investigation Finds Cockfighters Flocking to Texas

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Roosters were forced to fight to the death even when they were hobbled with broken legs. One rooster that lost his fight was hung upside down by his leg and clubbed with a tree branch.

10 Reasons to Root for Michael Vick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

I am an animal lover who felt at the time that I could never forgive him. I have since changed my mind on the matter. The following list explains why.

Six Charged In Maywood Dogfight

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Six people were arrested on dogfighting charges after Cook County sheriff's officers raided a Maywood residence where dogs were locked in battle. T...

ASPCA Announces Groundbreaking Research Study Underscoring Importance of Animal Cruelty Law Enforcement

Ed Sayres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ed Sayres

Our recent findings validate what we have long assumed -- that there is a major need for training for officers charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws and investigating cruelty cases.