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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I'm donating today and I try to often, it's the Only thing that helps these victims survive in shelters. 5 years is too little and the fine is laughable. They make more then that in one dogfight. If these victims were sex slaves or people they would be doing a lot more time for the crime. It's disgusting


I have seen a lot of photos of people (they claim they're looking for) abusing animals.They should put bounties on these slime balls.

Lori Feinman

This "guy" is so disturbing and has been a thorn in my conscience. Reading so many others feeling of strong disgust for him and strong convictions that Vick did not pay a real penalty at all is like a drink of fresh water...thank you all.

suzy pearson

Thanks to the ASPCA for all they do to help GOD's animals. Stricter laws need to be made & followed thru with horrible people who fight dogs, torture, abuse these animals, mostly for fun. All Animal Abuse needs to be stopped, punishment harsher!

April Silverman

Thank you!

Modesto Baby....

Animals have no voice but we do and can stop it. And to be honest they should get a lot worser.. LIFE IN PRISON OR THE DEATH PENALTY.. If they chose to do that to animals they shouldn't live at all.

Buddy Penick

A simi-well known black stand-up comedian, Eddie Griffin, from Kansas City, actually said in a nationally publicized event, he thought white folks were wrong for being so caring about dogs as dogs were meant to fight & they like it, it's what they do naturally, that dogs should be allowed to fight. I will never have any respect for Eddie Griffin nor will I ever go to one of his shows for his statements on dog abuse.

jacqueline warfield

Once again......Humans give the Pit Bulls the bad Rap So.... Very sad for those poor dogs I, hope they can become rebuilitated and find a nice Human my prayers for u pitbulls.

Jill Mortimer

It is essential that the people involved in this barbaric behaviour are jailed for a long time. We have to keep on trying to get the laws to really punish them severely.
How Vick was allowed to own another animal is a huge travesty of justice.

Chant Sokol

I hope someone breaks Michael Vicks back and puts him in a wheel chair. Now that's a taste of what he has done to innocent dogs.