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Dog Fighting Case Update: Two Defendants Sentenced

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:00pm
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On March 24, the ASPCA assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement agencies in a federal dog fighting raid that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 dogs from multiple properties in Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

Yesterday, at a federal court in Kansas, justice was served. Two individuals connected with last March’s raid learned that they would serve time in prison, pay large fines and perform community service for their roles in the illegal enterprise.

Pete Davis Jr., 38, was sentenced to 16 months in prison and Melvin Robinson, 42, was sentenced to 10 months after pleading guilty to charges related to dog fighting. Davis and Robinson were also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $430,919 to the ASPCA for the care of the dogs seized. Both Davis and Robinson are also banned from owning dogs for three years following their sentences.

“The ASPCA is proud to have helped secure justice for the dogs involved in this case,” says Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Thanks to the persistence of the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol, these individuals are finally answering for the suffering they caused these dogs. Dog fighting is a horrific crime, and we encourage the public to continue to report suspected dog fighting activities to local authorities.”

The ASPCA provided daily care, medical treatment and enrichment for the animals seized in the raid before placing the majority of the dogs with rescue groups to be made available for adoption.


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Jazmine

I agree because they Re just gonna hurt dogs and they are just gonna keep doing it and are not going to stop!!

BJ

I WISH THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN THE JUDGE!

Hilda Higney

WHY IS THE LAW SO LIENENT WITH COWARDS, THEY SHOULD NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED NEAR ANIMALS AGAIN, NOT IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFTIME EVER. SICK SICK COWARDLY IDOTS, THAT SHOULD NOT B TOLERATED. THEIR JAIL/PRISON TIME IS NOTHING BUT UNBELIEABLE, SUCH SHORT JAIL/PRISON TIMES,

Emma

You think these guys are worried and ashamed about spending a few months in jail? They probably consider it a badge of macho honor. It's a joke to them. These amoral, moronic dog fighters stop at nothing. They consider it a sport (a lucrative! sport) to torture and kill animals. Look at Michael Vick. His "employees" body-slammed dogs into concrete to their deaths and electrocuted dogs to their deaths and hanged them by nooses to their deaths. Vick went to prison, issued his apology, written by his high-priced lawyer, and is a football super-star again. All is forgotten.

A slap on the wrist will not stop the evil and sadism of dog fighting. The laws must change and the ASPCA and other animal-welfare groups must lead the way -- big time. Yes, every little victory counts, but. . .

S. O. Rooney

I completely agree with you, Emma. Their punishment is a farce and insulting to those of us that care. There are so many of us that feel this way. It seems to me that if we got together (with the ASPCA and perhaps other groups) and really PUSH, we should be able to exert a little influence over the meat heads in our justice system and society in general. We could start a petition on Change.org, or something...

Leah

These two evil losers should suffer severely & will go to h***.

Rose

I believe "Justice isn't for the victim, it's for the criminal". Cowards like these two men always get a slap on wrist. But let a hard working person make a mistake and the law will ruin their lives. If only there were vigilantes that would take the law in their own hands and do the same thing to the abusers. Abusers may think twice before they act.

Dee S.

As long as we have such "lenient" laws for animal abuse, these monsters will keep on doing this to helpless animals over & over again. We need to stop this by lobbying for stricter punishments against these abusers! It just sickens me what goes on out there.
Protect your pets and don't put pets for free on Craigslist.

Jackson

hope they get beat up daily in prison

Barbara

Three years until they can own dogs again? Guess we know when they'll be running dog fights again! Shame on the legal system and shame on us for allowing this leniency.

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