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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Deanna Hayden

I agree with everyone who thinks Michael Vick is lower than a snake's belly. This individual (make no mistake, this creature is not a man in any sense of the word!) is never to be trusted with ANY TYPE OF ANIMAL! Actually, I've been advocating for a long time that animal abusers should receive the same punishment they inflicted or were part of inflicting on animals. For example, short and meaningless prison sentence? Sure, why not remove the plague from polite society? The kicker would be that the prisoner would be routinely beaten, abused, neglected, nearly drowned, choked and just generally mistreated throughout their imprisonment. Idiots like Vick are given chance after chance, but they're not worth the time or the effort. The one commenter was correct, money talks, folks just need to keep in mind who's spreading that money around!

G. McBride

God be damned....I want vengence now. The fucker could live to be
a hundred. Hope he dies a horrific death.

jeff lewis

next time you wanna fight a up and come fight warned, i'm not tethered...and i will not stand still

S Myers

Hoping karma kicks in soon for him

Ursula Wilkinson

How awesome you guys are for saving so many dogs. I am from South Africa and rejoice every time I read that you have had a successful raid. The cruelty of humans to animals is disgusting and shocking. A pity we could not put these people on the receiving end of what they were doing to the animals. God bless you all for your love and dedication.

Deana Border

Thank you for your tireless work at finding and prosecuting these horrendous crimes. I feel that penalties for dog fighting should be heavy felony types, and hope that is would dissuade people from doing it. Even more....prosecute the idiots who ATTEND these events!

Edythe Wrather

Michael Vick is a worthless-good for nothing-selfish-self centered-egotistical-shameless-piece of crap that should not be allowed to breath our air. ALL these comments should be sent to the NFL and let them know how a lot of people think about this sorry excuse for a man.


Thank are the heros!!!

Susan L. Dolin

We adopted one of Michael Vick's vicktims and with love and patience our dog is recovering but still has a long way to go. Vick is a sadist of the worst kind and it scares me that he has a little girl.

Jessica Daubendiek

I believe the charges they have agaisnt any person caught in the dog fighting ring deserves a harsher punishment than five years in prison. The amount the people have to pay in fines does not jusfied the amount of money it takes to take care of these dogs. Many of the dogs were knocking on deaths door, yet we spend money to rescue this animals while the people pretty much get a slap on the wrist. They should suffer unspeakale torture just as they have done to these helpeless animals. These animals are innocent and derseves justice. What is justice if we cannot enforce it? People in several third world countries enforce justice with torture (eye for an eye), yet people who harm other living things in the United States, such as animals get off with an insult to justice. I beieve people that harm animals should receive the same treatment they have done to the animals. For an example, since they were dog fighting, they should be thrown in a cage starving and cold no clothes and fight to the death just like the gladiators had to do. They should feel the pain they inflicted on this animals.