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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mike grunewald

give us the names of these bastards ,,,...w'll take care of these scum bags

Stephanie Costa

Not enough punishment. Not enough of a deterrant. Put those bastards in a locked cage with some of the dogs they tortured AND FORCED TO HAVE SCARS FOR LIFE, BOTH EXTERNALLY AND INTERNALLY.
The problem is not pit bulls, in the early 1900s they were called the Nanny dogs. My Dad had one in the house when he was born in 1920. It is all because of sick humans who enjoy seeing animals tortured. Can anyone say serial murderers in training? One of the triad of the makings of one

Viki Hoover

What will happen to these dogs confiscated from the fighting ring after the case has been tried? So many times they are just euthanized unnecessarily after the case has been tried. I am hoping for a better outcome for these. PETA and The Humane Society euthanize most dogs they obtain. What is the ASPCA's policy? What does the money we donate actually do ? PETA and the Humane Society use most of their funds for " administrative costs " - in other words little of it actually goes to help the animals they claim they exist for . I wonder if the ASPCA is any different ?

Cheryl Livingston

What this says about our society scares me more than one man. Many people arranged these fights and many watched. We are a sick sad society if the only way we can have fun is to kill animals or watch them kill each other for "sport" And I am sorry that includes for me anyway the"sport" of hunting. We don't need the food we do it to kill something. Wow. And we wonder why the jails are full of young people who kill people for " sport". I am very afraid for our country's future.


It is PITiful to have dogs FIGHTING for Money. GROSS.
This man should crawl into a ditch, and NOT COME OUT!

Elmira Gates

Great job. Keep up the good work

linda larnerd

Hard to believe people, and I use the term loosly, still use dogs for fighting....they should use each other...glad these dogs were rescued, keep up the good work.

Charmaine Lobo

Supposedly, the CEO of the Humane Society endorsed Vick for a puppy saying something about how he deserves a second chance!!! Google it for the details. I have stopped supporting this organization. I have also read something negative about their funds and expenses, etc.

Patricia Cleland

Thank you to all involved to break up this ring. Animal abusers never change - neither do pedophiliac priests (which the church is now addressing) or sadistic scientists. Vicious Ignorant Cruel Killer... that is what I think of Michael Vick. Now let's support PETA and the ASPCA to get these sadistic scientists to STOP SAYING WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS FOR SCIENCE! Putting screws in cats heads and springs in their eyes is not science - it is sadism. If that is what it takes to make someone healthy - I will pass. Tell the University of Wisconsin at Madison that their "researchers" are simply torturing animals... they just don't get it! These so-called scientists have their employers totally fooled.

Beverly Rapp

Thank you, ASPCA, for rescuing the dogs, made victims, through dog fighting rings. Bless you for your good work.