Trial of US football star exposes savage world of dog fighting

Michael Vick and others 'ran six-year competition'
· Allegations dogs were abused and tormented

The popularity and savagery of dog fighting was highlighted in the US yesterday when proceedings against one of the biggest stars in American football, Michael Vick, and three others began in a Virginia court.
The charges relate to a six-year dog fighting competition, known as Bad Newz Kennels, alleged to have been operating from Vick's 15-acre property in Virginia.

Dogs were alleged to have been subjected to cruelty beyond the fighting: they were apparently electrocuted, hung, shot or drowned.

Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Saturday August 18, 2007
The Guardian