FACT CHECK: DOES THIS PHOTO SHOW A DOG FORMER NFL PLAYER MICHAEL VICK ABUSED?

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Posted by Erin O'Shaughnessy on Saturday, January 4, 2020


An image shared on Facebook more than 40,000 times purportedly shows a pit bull disfigured by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

The photo, taken in 2009, actually shows a pit bull that was rescued from a Missouri dogfighting operation two years after Vick pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting-related charges. Its disfigurement and abuse was not related to Vick, according to the photographer.

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Fact Check:

Vick, a former NFL quarterback, pleaded guilty to federal and state charges in a dogfighting investigation in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison but got released early, according to ESPN.

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“Just Incase (sic) you forgot, Michael Vick removed this dog’s lips to make him look more aggressive to other dogs,” reads the caption. “He murdered 250+ dogs for entertainment and profit. So next time you say ‘he did his time he’s an NFL hero,’ or ‘it was part of his upbringing or culture’ I want you to really think carefully before you say it around me.”

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