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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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J. Beara

Do you have the name of the organization Michael Vick opened to help dogs used in fighting?

Mary connolly Pachas

Re m Vick,the way to change this is for all to boycott any team,or game that welcomes him. The NFL,team owners,and fans need to do this. Do you think that jerk cares what people think or say? As the saying goes, he was crying all the way to the bank.
Prosecutors,all law enforcement,and law makers are employed by citizens, we must DEMAND that they do their job.

Mark Stesney

Put chains around their necks and make them fight to the finish. Miserable pukes...

Jenny Dow

Are they being kept alive as evidence until the trial is over? or will they get a shot at rehabilitation and adoption?

Patricia Toth

I hope that these dogs will not be euthanized because of their background. Best Friends has been able to rehabilitate the Michael Vick dogs, and some have been adopted. Anybody who participates in this should be treated like they treated the dogs. (Michael Vick and his ilk are useless and are breathing air that other people should be breathing.)

Kathy Harman

Thank you for all you do to help these amazing and wonderful animals. I am a proud member and only wish there were more I could do. As for the "punishment" given to those who promote the abuse and torture of innocent animals, no fine, no jail time is good enough. I truly believe they should be chained up outside in a blizzard, without their clothes, with choke chains and spike collars, subjected to all sorts of indignities and abuse; after that, they should be doused in lighter fluid and set on fire!!! Anyone who abuses defenseless animals does not deserve to breathe!

Constance Spearman

I want these sick humans to get the full extent of the law. How can we ensure justice is served and they won't walk and do the same thing again in 1-3 years? Do you take volunteers to help with these poor innocent pups in rehabilitating with humans again?

Joan Faszczewski

These people should life in prison and throw away the key. This is terrible for what they did to these angels.


I have given monthly to the ASPCA for several years now and this is one of the reasons why I do it. You are saving so many beautiful animals from horrific lives. Dog fighting is just terrible and I cannot for the life of me understand what people get out it, of course besides money. How can anyone watch such horrible things happen to innocent animals.
The punishment the people get for supporting this awful fights is never enough.
God bless all of you at ASPCA and all the other organizations that really want to help animals.


Thank you for helping save these animals and for putting away those prices of garbage...hopefully they will have many many horrible years in jail and it should be way more than 5 years !