“The Champions” Documentary Premieres at Crest Theatre

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SACRAMENTO —

“The Champions,” a documentary about the dogs forced into dog fighting and tortured by Michael Vick, premiered at the Crest Theatre on Wednesday night.

The Champions is less a story of abuse and criminal investigations, and more about hope and redemption.

It follows the pit bull terriers rescued in 2007 from the notoriously brutal fighting ring on the property of the NFL quarterback.

The families and organizations that took in these dogs, and gave them loving homes are the stars of this story.

People from animal shelters in Sacramento came out to the showing, some even bringing their dogs.

Vick pleaded guilty in August 2007 to federal felony charges for dog fighting. He served 21 months in prison, returning to the NFL in 2010. Vick has played every year since.

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