The National Geographic Channel said that its new series Dogtown will spend the next few months documenting the attempted rehabilitation of 22 dogs that belonged to jailed Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and are now residing at Dogtown, the Best Friends animal sanctuary in Utah.
The series will focus on four of the toughest cases as the experts at Dogtown try to “resocialize these seriously aggressive pit bulls.”
Ex-NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick was dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit and apologized to the court and his family.
Vick pleaded guilty in August, admitting he bankrolled the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation and helped kill six to eight dogs.
In a plea agreement, he admitted bankrolling the dogfighting ring on his 15-acre property in rural southeastern Virginia and helping kill pit bulls that did not perform well in test fights. He also admitted providing money for bets on the fights but said he never shared in any winnings.
Michael Vick has reportedly agreed to pay almost $1 million for the care of 54 pit bull dogs found on his property during investigations into dogfighting.
CNN.com reported on Wednesday that Vick’s lawyer, William R. Martin, has filed court documents which state that Vick will pay $928,073.04 into an escrow fund by Friday.
The money is “to be used to pay whatever restitution money is ultimately ordered in this case,” the document, a consent order, states.
Vick had been ordered by federal prosecutors to prepare money for the care of the dogs. When Vick pleaded guilty to dogfighting charges earlier this year, he agreed to pay “restitution for the full amount of the costs associated with the disposition of all dogs” in the case.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback, 27, is due to be sentenced next month.
Access Hollywoodâ€™s Shaun Robinson recently sat down with Jamie Foxx for a candid talk about Jamieâ€™s new gig â€“ and even a hot button topic from the world of sports â€“ Michael Vickâ€™s dog fighting charges.
Jamie is busy doing his thing on The Foxxhole, his weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio show. And while an incredible LG Beach House in Malibu provides a spectacular summer backdrop, no subject is off-limits with Jamie, as Shaun found out during her stay as a special guest.
â€œIs he really going to jail?â€ Jamie asked Shaun about Michael Vick.
â€œYes, heâ€™s going to plea bargain,â€ Shaun said.
Although Vick has been almost universally condemned since agreeing to plead guilty to dog fighting conspiracy, according to Foxx, people should not be so quick to judge the NFL star.
â€œItâ€™s a cultural thing, I think,â€ Jamie said. â€œMost brothers didnâ€™t know that, you know. I used to see dogs fighting in the neighborhood all the time. I didnâ€™t know that was Fed time. So, mike probably just didnâ€™t read his handbook on what not to do as a black star.â€
While he has a way of lightening even the most sensitive of subjects, Jamie is sincere in his belief that the quarterback is not being given a fair shake.
â€œI know that cruelty to animals is bad, but sometimes people shoot people and kill people and donâ€™t get time,â€ Jamie continued. â€œI think in this situation, he really didnâ€™t know the extent of it, so I always give him the benefit of the doubt.â€