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.
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.
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.