ATLANTA, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Informants say the NFL’s Michael Vick — formerly with Atlanta, now with Philadelphia — drowned, shot and bludgeoned fighting dogs to death, documents show.
Summaries of interrogations of a member of the quarterback’s dogfighting ring and with confidential informants conducted by federal investigators were released Friday to WSB-TV, Atlanta, through a Freedom of Information Act request. The broadcaster said they contained claims that Vick killed fighting dogs that didn’t perform well by hitting them with shovels and that he got an “adrenaline high while killing the dogs.”
The transcripts were compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as investigators looked into dogfighting allegations against Vick.
They also indicated that a Delta Airlines employee was fired for trying to “get Vick around security” while the dogfighting investigation was at its peak, and that Vick hired the fired employee himself because he “felt responsible,” WSB reported.
Vick, who played six seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, served nearly two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal animal-fighting charge and was released in 2009. He joined the Eagles during the 2009 season.
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