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US Football Star Pleads Not Guilty to Dogfighting Charges


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has pleaded not guilty to federal dogfighting charges and has been released without bond until his trial November 26.

Spectators jeered Vick when he entered the Richmond, Virginia, courtroom. He and three others entered their pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and running the enterprise across state lines.

All three defendants had to surrender their passports, and cannot travel outside their immediate area without court approval. They are also not allowed to possess any dogs. Vick was ordered to surrender any animal or dog breeder license.

The case began when investigators found dogs and dog fighting paraphernalia at a home Vick owns. They also found 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls. Vick has said he knew nothing about the operation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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