As most already know, Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick pleaded guilty in federal court Monday (Aug. 27) to involvement in a dogfighting ring. A week earlier, he was suspended from the NFL indefinitely. In light of the high-profile case, here is some info on dogfighting you might not know.
• Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In all but Idaho and Wyoming, it is a felony.
• In 2006, pet-abuse.com found 127 cases of suspected dogfighting in the U.S. The number is likely low because no agency tracks the actual number.
• About 40,000 people are involved in the industry—not including spectators or “street” organizers—according to the Humane Society of the United States.
• An average fight lasts 45 minutes or so.
• Considered a “blood sport,” pro dogfighting events can carry a purse of up to $100,000.