A federal grand jury indicted quarterback Michael Vick for allegedly participating in an enterprise that trained pit bulls for death matches in which spectators bet on the outcome. CNN.com says Vick and three associates were indicted on a count of conspiracy alleging they bought and sponsored dogs in an animal fighting venture and traveled across state lines to participate in illegal activity, including gambling.
Allegedly, dogs that did show enough fighting spirit were executed by a variety of methods, including shooting, drowning, hanging, and electrocution. Prosecutors say Vick participated in killing eight dogs.
Vick faces up to six years in prison and a $350,000 fine. The National Football League will also review Vick’s indictment. This year, the NFL has instigated a get tough policy. Several players have already been for suspended for a portion of the season, with at least one player suspended for the entire year.