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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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Fran C

Good Job! Three "woofs" for the good guys. Let's hope these people pay a price so they will NEVER do such horrific things again.

Dr. Chip - PetW...

Operations like this are the only way to solve the continued and sickening problem of animal cruelty. Not only does it nab the perpetrators, it raises general awareness and helps to educate the world that animals feel pain, physical and emotional abuse the same way that we do.

Hats off to the ASPCA!

Dr. Chip Stem, veterinarian
DrChip@PetWhisperer.NET
www.PetWhisperer.NET

J. Beara

I'm hoping for guidance and direction in rescuing many pit bulls being held in hellish conditions in a building in this town. They are used for fighting and killing small animals.
The people who run the fighting business have people in town called 'butchers' who drive the streets looking for, in particular, puppies and kittens they can throw into the pit bull cages to maintain blood lust; they are also used for 'baiting'.
I need not describe the conditions the dogs are kept in or the horrific untreated injuries, if you have ever read about or seen these conditions of housing for yourself.
The town's PD is dirty. The county's DA is dirty. The Sheriff has instructed no participation. The Animal Control faction of the PD has recently been caught delivering stray puppies and kittens to the dog fighting business. The chief of police has been approached with pleas for help to clean up the treatment of animals (et.al.) in this town. He has refused to help in any capacity. He has accused the known animal advocates in town of being crazy - 'to not listen to their absurd claims'. Their lives have been threatened if they continue to 'stir the pot' with stories of abuse, fighting, torture, puppy mills, and the 'Butchers'.
Please contact me through this blog.

J. Beara

J. Beara
*THIS IS A REPEAT CALL FOR HELP
I'm hoping for guidance and direction in rescuing many pit bulls being held in hellish conditions in a building in this town. They are used for fighting and killing small animals.
The people who run the fighting business have people in town called 'butchers' who drive the streets looking for, in particular, puppies and kittens they can throw into the pit bull cages to maintain blood lust; they are also used for 'baiting'.
I need not describe the conditions the dogs are kept in or the horrific untreated injuries, if you have ever read about or seen these conditions of housing for yourself.
The town's PD is dirty. The county's DA is dirty. The Sheriff has instructed no participation. The Animal Control faction of the PD has recently been caught delivering stray puppies and kittens to the dog fighting business. The chief of police has been approached with pleas for help to clean up the treatment of animals (et.al.) in this town. He has refused to help in any capacity. He has accused the known animal advocates in town of being crazy - 'to not listen to their absurd claims'. Their lives have been threatened if they continue to 'stir the pot' with stories of abuse, fighting, torture, puppy mills, and the 'Butchers'.
Please, PLEASE REPLY.
J. Beara

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