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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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Julieanne Pogue

Every rescue, every prosecution, every foster placement gives us hope that compassion and love will win out over this sick and repugnant blood sport. Thank you. You are my heroes.

Elizabeth Sinclair

These poor animals are used and abused beyond belief. They need good, loving homes like any other dog. Bless the team who rescued these dogs and i hope they all find loving homes.

Cindy S.

I can't express how strongly I feel about people who do this to precious innocent animals (any animals) especially fighting the "bully breeds" - these dogs are some of the sweetest, most loyal, most protective (in a good way) "bullies" I have ever had the honor and privilege to live with - I wish these people could get the same punishment they give the dogs - put them in a ring and let them chew each other to hell/fight to the death - Paybacks are a b***h, and our laws are not nearly tough enough! Let the punishment fit the crime!

Kay Morris

I am a believer that not only the handlers of these dogs but the people who stand around and cheer at a dog being mauled by another should be disciplined even if publicizing their names would cause job loss, children disrespect and getting dog pets out of their own home and other related families.

Tucker

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

YOU ALL ROCK!!

GOD BLESS THESE DOGS!! THEY ARE ALL IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS!!

DOG FIGHTING EVERYWHERE HAS GOT TO STOP!!

JUDGES NEED TO GETTING OFF THERE ARSES AND START GETTING
TOUGHER,STRICTER AND TAKE NO SH*T FROM PEOPLE LIKE THIS!!
PUNISH!! PUNISH!! PUNISH!! STOP GIVING SLAPS ON WRISTS AND LET GO!! STOP LISTENING TO THESE ARS HOLES LIES!!
PEOPLE LIKE THIS SAY ANYTHING TO GET OUT OF JAIL TIME AND PUNISHMENTS!!

Loretta Abadir

I'm so glad that these dogs are being rescued and saved and given a chance and not just put down because of their breeds! Finally!! Michael Vick should have to donate to all Pitt bull rescue centers for the rest of his life!!

crystal

if i had the way and the money,i would get these abusers together in a ring,and one by one,let the dogs have a field day on their ass and let them feel the pain and abuse they cause these animals. then MAYBE they would not be such cruel people,if nothing else,it would teach them a lesson,hopefully!! i also hate animale abusers,and i do mean HATE!!

Becky

Pets r the best. Thank u for saving r babies. This is great news, in the name if justice. Thank God for the chance to help the sweet pets. Amen!

Sean

I say cover them in gravy and throw them in the ring. Prison and fines aren't enough for these dirt bags. They deserve to get what they gave.

Teri

I'm thinking they should have had pictures of these _____ (I can't think of what to call them without offending) all over the news. All of their information and pictures should be sent to every animal shelter and pet store everywhere. I would be ashamed to be involved in such cruelty. They should also have to keep current information updated with those agencies because they abuse, torture, deglect and sometimes kill animals. They need to let the world see who they are and the dirty deeds they have done.

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