NFL Quarterback Michael Vick was indicted for being involved in a pit bull dogfighting ring held on his property in Virginia. If convicted, Vick could face up to 6 years in jail.
Dogfighting, most famously seen in the Collesium during the Roman Empire, is still widely practiced today despite being inhumane and illegal in many countries. The organized fight between two dogs for the purpose of gambling has also been traditionally linked to organized crime and gangs.
According to the U.S. Humane Society, “Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These “bait” animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through “free to good home” advertisements.”