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Update: Charges Filed in 3-State Dog Fighting Raid as Dogs Receive Much-Needed Care

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 4:15pm
Update: Charges Filed in 3-State Dog Fighting Raid as Dogs Receive Much-Needed Care

In late March, the ASPCA played a critical role in a three-state dog fighting raid that resulted in the rescue of nearly 100 animals. A few weeks after this intricately coordinated effort to rescue dogs in Texas, Missouri and Kansas went off without a hitch, we’re able to update you on the dogs and the dog fighters.

The Victims

When we found these dogs, many were doomed to live their whole lives tethered by heavy chains—and on the day of the raid, many were left outside to suffer through a blizzard. Now, says ASPCA Vice President of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey, they’re living in an entirely different world.

When the dogs arrived at our temporary shelter, our veterinary professionals, led by the ASPCA’s Dr. Sarah Kirk, examined them quickly and thoroughly. Some dogs needed immediate care, while others require ongoing treatment which they are now receiving from ASPCA and local veterinarians.

An ASPCA behaviorist will be on the ground at the shelter throughout this operation, and while the dogs stay in our clean and spacious shelter, they will benefit from behavioral enrichment programs that incorporate toys, games and lots of fun interactions with people. The dogs will have regular access to one of several large exercise playpens, where they’ll get to play with our responders and burn off excess doggy energy.

“Every day,” Rickey says, “we’re focusing on taking care of these animals and providing the best environment that we can for them.”

The Suspects

The ASPCA continues to work to collect evidence and provide other support to law enforcement, working to ensure dog fighters pay for harming these animal victims. The charges are just starting to roll in:

Last week Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson, both of Kansas City, Kansas, were each charged in federal court with one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture in interstate commerce. If convicted, they face up to five years in federal prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.

“The case is not over yet—there’s still a lot of work to be done on the investigation side,” says Rickey, adding that he hopes to see more arrests in relation to this raid.

The ASPCA had been assisting the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies with the planning of this large-scale raid since November 2012. ASPCA Blood Sports Director Terry Mills provided his expertise to help these agencies maximize the operation’s impact. Our next steps: continuing to provide top-notch care for these animals and working with authorities to secure the right to place dogs in loving homes.

If you’ve given to the ASPCA recently, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you. This raid is an enormous undertaking and a huge commitment, but we are dedicated to being there for animal victims of cruelty whenever they need us. If you haven’t yet given lately, please consider doing so today. On behalf of animals across the country, thank you!

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Paul Zamek

On behalf of all the animal kingdom-those who cannot speak for themselves,..Thanks to the ASPCA and all animal welfare and animal rights orgs that are doing what they can to alleviate the suffering of our animal friends. These jail terms and fines are never enough to punish these evil criminals..can we introduce a proposed legislation that would brand an animal offender as an habitual criminal -similar to a sex offender or pedophile, -so that his/her crime follows them forever and they are are marked by society as a menace?

Mary connolly Pachas

This is an excellent idea,and it is being implemented by ALDF. Their work to further an Animal Cruelty Register program should be supported by all.

crysmyra

Thankyou for saving these precious babies and i pray the scum who did this get the max of sentencing.

julie

there should be the same punishment given to the humans as the dogs suffered...life w/o parole! or death...fry 'em! nothing in this world warrants what these people did to these animals! only the sick could do this!!

Kimberly Munoz

i'm glad to know the dogs are safe and being given a second chance.

Donna

Thank you for saving thses dogs! And thank you for all you do to protect and heal!

lynne whitington

I am so embarassed that this awful behavior exists in my home state of Texas. It's about bloodlust, greed and money. Do you see any women involved ? this is a disgusting "man thing".

Annette Demes

I absolutely love this breed, had them since I was 17 & didn't know what they were nor did I care, they are the most intelligent, loving, loyal companions there are. I'm 54 now & have 4, had 6 but two passed from cancer, they left my household broken hearted. They should only go to responsible owners,which is true for all of your animals, pitbulls especially. Thank you ASPCA for all that you do. I am a member & a donator, WeI will always have room in our hearts & our home for another. When we are ready, this is the breed I vowed to have only, due to their falling into the worst possible conditions. I have as much love to give them & they do me. Please give a Pit Bull a chance people & B a Responsible Pet Owner, lets change the way these beloved dogs are viewed.

Patricia Millar

The meager prison sentences belittle the seriousness of these heinous crimes.

sandra decamp

I agree that dog fighters should receive a deeper sentence.I hope this so called sport comes to a end.everytime i see a picture of abuse or read about it, i start crying and it stays with me.I hope these resuces find great and loving homes.I am making a will soon and all goes to aspca.sorry,i keep putting it off,but this has been on my to do list for quite awhile.Thank you for being there.I also rescues strays and abuse dogs.Have 42.Thats my limit for i am by myself and have no help and won't ask. alot of people think i am crazy,but they are up to date on shots and heartworm and that is where all my free time goes.I love it!!!Thats where all my money goes too.Oh well. I do have two pitts that were taught to fight. they love me but hate my other animals.They were going to put them to sleep when the animal shelter got them.I was able to save them and they are find.at least now they have love and safe.Thank you again for being there for these animals.ALL OF THEM...

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