PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia has seen a dramatic increase in the number of dogfighting investigations since the Eagles brought Michael Vick to town.
That's according to the Pennsylvania SPCA, which attributes the spike largely to increased public awareness about the illegal sport and a new hotline to report dogfighting.
In 2009, the SPCA says it investigated 903 cases of alleged animal fighting in Pennsylvania, most of them involving dogfighting in Philadelphia.
That's more than three times the number of cases in 2008, when there were 245 investigations.
Dogfighting investigations had been on the rise before the Eagles signed Vick in August, but not as dramatically as last year.
Vick served 18 months in federal prison after being convicted in August 2007 for operating a dogfighting ring.