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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Disgusting how many times we have to read about another dog fighting raid! If the laws don't change and these pieces of shit aren't charged and fined, we will nvr see things get better. Animal cruelty has got to end. I'm tired of so many people destroying animals lives and getting a slap on the wrist. The victims of their crimes are the only ones who always pay! Give the victims (animals) their rights and justice! Mandatory fines & jail time! God Bless the ASPCA and those who fight for animal justice everyday! Thx


I wanted to take the time out to thank the ASPCA for all their hard work . I don't understand how people can be so cruel. I love all animals especially dogs I have two of my own. We have to stop dog fighting and all blood sports we are the voice for these babirs

Naleene davis

I'm so happy the ASPCA has continued to put a stop to animal cruelty. We are the voice for all animals and they deserve to be treated with love and care.


Great Job ASPCA! Keep up the good work. My dog was adopted thru my local SPCA and he's wonderful. I love him very much. His name is Buster and he's 7 yrs old. The sad thing about his previous owner is he kept Buster kennelled for up to 18 hrs a day! I am so glad that he was turned over the SPCA so that he could get a second chance. I support the ASPCA in every way. Thank-you for all you do for the animals who can't speak for themselves.

Suzanne Donovan

I have heard people say that Michael Vick redeemed himself & he feels bad for what he did. Maybe so but ultimately his little slap on the wrist was a terrible example of the consequences and punishment of cruelty to animals. As far as I'm concerned that man should haved spent the rest of his life in prison.


I think the appropriate punishment would be to chain them up outside in a blizzard, then have them fight each other in a pit while a crowd of people cheered and placed bets on which one would kill the other. The winner would then be chained up outside in the freezing cold again to fight again and again until he was killed in one of the fights.


If convicted, they face up to five years in federal prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000. What kind of charge is that they should be in prison for life. The laws are not harsh enough that is the reason so much of this contiunues! Look at the wonderous Michael Vick, makes me sick to think the life he is living now after his mass torture of animals! So sad!

Christine Briggs

I can't thank you enough for rescuing all those dogs. My prayers go out to each and every one of them, I just hope they can be retrained. My other hope is that their owners get what is comming to them......

Ann Rigano

Thank you for constantly working helping animals in need...especially those being used and abused for dog fighting rings.

George Sidoti

Let's hope the Feds keep up the pressure to outlaw dog fighting... This is a barbaric endeavor that adds to cruel animal treatment that too often escalates into the criminal mind seeking other thrills that includes cruelty to people, and even murder.