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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The laws STILL are not tough enough.
What are 5 years for low lifes? The will get a bed, with heat and electricity. They will get their teeth fixed, 3 meals a day, TV, excercise, laundry, bathing. What kind of punishment is that?
And what really sucks, WE get to pay for it, and the animals still suffer!!!!!!!

Janet Porter

Thank you for being a voice and saving these poor helpless animals. My heart breaks everytime I hear about something like this.

Doreen Sabetta

5 years in prison and a $250.00 fine is no where near enough punishment for these low life scum bags!! They need to be in prison a heck of a lot longer than 5 years!!!!


Increase punishment for these crimes as well as NEVER allow them to have any type of creature in their houses (obviously, this trash wouldn't live in a "home"!)


These people/events MUST be stopped. Thank you for all you are doing to make that happen. We have to speak for these and all animals.

Elizabeth Whitcher

These criminals are the worst-how can they do what they do to these innocents who just want a loving home and a warm place to sleep and some food? five years is not enough time to pay for hurting these beautiful beings.


When will we get serious about animal fighting, abuse and neglect in this country! 5 years is not a deterrent when they know they will never serve a day - or will, at the most, get out very early! Thanks for all that you do to help animals!

kathryn kobor

Send this animal abusers to prison for years--this must not be allowed to happen again---EVER!!!




THANK-YOU SO MUCH! To me all animals are angles from Heaven. That is why DOG is GOD spelled backwards. No DOG or any animal deserves to be treated like this. Thanks to all the effects of all the agencies for stopping the insane and cruel act of using DOGS to fight. It makes me feel good to know you and other people do care about the lives of animals. Thanks again, Meg