In July 2007, Michael Vick and three other men were charged with operating an unlawful interstate dog fighting venture called Bad Newz Kennels. The kennel was located on Vick's property in Virginia, and he was charged with participating in dog fights, canine executions, and directly handling the gambling operation. He eventually agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and three years of probation. Vick was released from prison on July 20, 2009, and his probation expired in November 2012. While several teams weren't interested in signing him — including his former team, the Atlanta Falcons — Vick was accepted by the Philadelphia Eagles.