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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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Rose Hughes

Thanks for all your tireless work fir those who can't speak!!

Geneva cummins

My chocolate lab and German shorthair went missing together. I live one hour south of Kansas City and am worried sick that they are victims of this ring. Both are micro-chipped with information at Nevada Vet Clinic Nevada, MO.


The didn't get enough punishment. It should be 10 years minimum AND a $500,000.00 fine!


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for these amazing animals <3 These "men" (and I use that term loosely) need to be held accountable not only by the justice system, but the nation at large. Let's continue to fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves...we are their voice!

debi wickwire

i live right here where it all took place. i certainly hope that the JUSTICE system gives them wht they deserve...the MAX. maybe an example for the world about this. i hope these men are prosecurted to the fulliet. <3 for the dogs


and THANKS to YOU, they can ENJOY life! WELL DONE AND THANKYOU again! xxxx

Christopher Scanlan

The fine and the time should be big enough to bring this unacceptable behavior to a screeching halt. No leniency what so ever.


Five years is only good enough if they get the crude beat out of them twice a day Every Day!

Thank you for all you do

marla draper

God bless these sweet angels!!! Thank you so very much for saving them, helping them and giving the love and life they deserve...kisses and hugs for every dog in the world!!!

Judy Connolly

THANK You for rescuing these dogs from this horrible life. I think that these types of crimes will continue until the punishments get worse. These people are sadistic and hateful. They have no place in any community!