Vick Puts Up Almost $1 Million to Care For Dogs

SUSSEX, Va. (AP) _ Michael Vick has agreed to a federal prosecutors' demand that he set aside about $928,000 for the care of pit bulls seized from his Virginia dogfighting operation.

Prosecutors last week filed court papers seeking a freeze on money. They said they were concerned about Vick's "deteriorating financial condition.''

Several creditors are suing Vick for more than five million dollars, and an arbitrator has ruled he should repay the Atlanta Falcons nearly 20 million in bonus money.

A consent order entered yesterday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia, says the suspended Atlanta quarterback has agreed to place the approximately $928,000 in an escrow account maintained by his lawyer. The money must be deposited by Friday.

Vick is scheduled for a jury trial on state dogfighting charges April 2nd. He pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge in August and voluntarily reported to jail last week, even though he will not be formally sentenced until December 10th.

As he left the courthouse yesterday, defense lawyer Billy Martin would not say whether Vick is fighting the state charges after pleading guilty in federal court. Vick's lawyers previously had indicated they will fight the state charges on the grounds he can't be convicted twice of the same crime.

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