NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Eleven dog advocacy groups today asked a federal judge to send Michael Vick to prison for nearly five years when the quarterback is sentenced later this year and to turn the property he and others used for dog fighting into a shelter for abused dogs.
The groups, which include animal rescue organizations and the National American Pit Bill Terrier Association, also wants the Atlanta Falcons star to pay more than $10 million to rehabilitate the more than 50 pit bulls seized from his property in April.
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond allowed the filing, but he will not permit members or their attorneys to speak when he sentences Vick on December 10th.
Vick pleaded guilty last month to a federal dog fighting conspiracy charge, and prosecutors called for a sentence of between 12 and 18 months. Hudson, however, can impose up to the five-year maximum.
An attorney for Vick, who has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, had no comment.
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