RICHMOND, Va. -- Only one of the remaining 49 pit bulls
seized from a home owned by NFL quarterback Michael Vick at the
outset of a dogfighting investigation should be euthanized.
That was the finding by a team of dog behavorial experts
assembled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals to test the dogs.
According to a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the
dogs fall into five categories that include eventual adoption and
specialized training for law enforcement work. Some of the dogs
either exhibited fear toward people or suffered from a medical
The motion doesn't indicate how many dogs were placed in each
category other than to suggest one, identified as number 2621, is
an immediate candidate for euthanasia because its aggression toward
humans made a complete examination unsafe.
According to the motion, the dogs were put through a protocol of
11 exercises to evaluate their behavior toward humans and other
The ASPCA had no immediate comment on the filing, and the U.S
Attorneys Office handling the dogfighting case said it would have
no additional comment.
The motion also requests that the court appoint a guardian to
oversee the disposition and possible placement of the 48 remaining
The motion new goes before U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, who
is handling the dogfighting case. He can either grant it with all
its provisions or deny it.
The animals were among more than 60 dogs seized by local
authorities during a raid of the Surry County property owned by
Vick in April. They have been held in animal shelters in the area
Vick and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to federal
dogfighting charges are to be sentenced before the end of the year.
They each face up to five years in prison.
The four also all are due in Surry County Circuit Court on
Wednesday to be arraigned on local charges, for which they could
face from one to 20 years in prison.