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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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Comments

karen

To my dear friends who do rescue work:
Please remember that there is *no* difference between the dogs, cats, and other nonhumans you rescue and the cows, pigs, chickens, fishes, and other sentient nonhumans you eat.
And there is *no* difference between meat and other animal foods. They *all* involve suffering; they *all* involve death; they *all* involve violence; they *all* represent injustice.
You rescue because you believe that animals matter morally. So please, stop participating in animal suffering and death. Please go vegan.

R

Thank you for everything you do for all the animals that need your voice and your help. The least we can do is make our monthly donation to assist your organization in rescuing these animals and providing them safety and eventually loving homes that deserve. Your organization and all the people that work there are very special and should be very proud of what you do.

Deborah Sofia

I pray every night that God would help capture these criminals and rescue these poor dogs from this horrific "sport". I even pray for the criminals that God would put it in their heart to repent and turn from their ways and stop abusing these beautiful dogs (pitbull lover!) (it's not easy though). I contribute monthly to the ASPCA and am grateful to the ASPCA and law enforcement for this heroic effort! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work!!!

Marian Orvis

People that do these abominable things have no respect for animals or humans. The same kinds of people that do cockfighting. Punishment can never be long enough.

Vickie

I agree that Michael Vick didn't get enough time in jail. I think about what those dogs went thru that were killed or murdered by the hands of Vick. He should never be able to own another dog in his life. I feel he also should never had been allowed the opportunity to play football again! Now that he is, I think he should give 25% of his earnings to the ASPCA every year.

Jennifer

I propose a thought: The offenders of ALL FORMS of ANIMAL CRUELTY pay a continous monetary (garnishment) on a weekly or monthly basis to the animal shelter closest to their residence, until the offender's final breath.

WILLETTA SANCHEZ

HUMANS ARE TOO SCARED TO STAND UP TO " ANYONE " WHO ABUSES AN ANIMAL AND THATS WHY THIS JUST KEEPS ON HAPPENING.. I FOR ONE WILL STAND UO TO " ANYONE " WHOM I EVER SEE ABUSE AN ANIMAL NO MATTER HOW BIG or SMALL I "WILL STOP IT ANY WAY I CAN EVEN IF SOMEONE HAS TO GO TO THE " BONE YARD " !!!

Lizabeth Rice

I am so thankful for the ASPCA for not giving up and working hard to help this defenseless animals.

Susan Dykhuis

Re: "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." I want Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson to get life in prison, no parole, no pardon clauses in sentence. And I want them to be treated the way they treated the Dogs. Me being kind. A just sentence, imho, is drop them onto an iceberg in the Canadian Arctic Ocean and we check back next year to see how they are doing.

S Bennett

Vick and all others like him ought to be required by law to register as animal abusers just like sex offenders have to register for life wherever they go. They should not be allowed to own animals of any kind.

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