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Vick-Restitution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors asked a judge today to
order Michael Vick to set aside nearly a million dollars for the
care of pit bulls seized from his dogfighting operation.

In court papers filed today in Richmond, the government asked
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson to issue a restraining order that
essentially would freeze about $928,000 to fulfill Vick's legal
obligation to cover the costs of caring for the dogs and finding
homes for them.

Vick faces a prison term of up to five years when he is
sentenced December 10th on a federal dogfighting conspiracy
conviction. He voluntarily began serving his prison term early
yesterday.

As part of his plea deal, Vick agreed to make restitution for
the care and placement of the 54 pit bulls confiscated from his

"Bad Newz Kennels'' property in Surry County, Virginia.
Prosecutors cited a rash of claims by Vick's creditors and the
Atlanta Falcons that threaten his ability to make good on the
agreement:


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