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ASPCA Reveals Active Role in Michael Vick Investigation

July 23, 2007

NEW YORK, July 23, 2007 — The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today revealed that it is currently assisting in the federal investigation against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three other individuals, who were indicted on July 17 by a federal grand jury in a Virginia dog fighting venture.

At this time, the ASPCA cannot offer any additional details in order to protect the integrity of this investigation and the ongoing criminal process.

Said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres, “The ASPCA’s mission is as important today as it was when the organization was founded in 1866: to provide the effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals. As such, we are categorically opposed to any sport, exhibition or attraction in which humans induce, encourage or allow one animal to fight another, or to fight a human—such as in dog fighting. This practice is unacceptable in any humane community.”

For more information on the ASPCA, or to learn more about staying alert to animal cruelty, please visit www.aspca.org/cruelty.