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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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judy johnston

they should be put in cages with chains around their neck until the day they die!!!!!!

Christine

These so-called human beings need to be charged with WAY more after what they did to all of the innocent dogs they tormented & tortured for years. They should be put through the same torture as they did to the loving animals!!

Jo Trommer

I have been a pit bull advocate for my entire adult life (I am 57 now). I have owned 4 amazing dogs (all rescues) and have done pit bull education for our local Humane League with these dogs. I will fight to my last breath to educate people on this amazing breed of dog, and see that every pit bull I can be put in a loving forever home. Keep up the good work! We must make the penilties more severe for these people who torture, and abuse this breed and all others.

Lynn

We will be giving to your organization a lot

Beverly Koblick

Five years is NOT enough punishment for these vicous, cruel and crimal "humans". This situation will never end if a slap on the wrist is all the consequence...and for all the dogs lives lost, souls ruined and cruelty promoted for self serving purposes, the punishment is way too light. When will our leaders really step up to end this once and for all?

DEBORAH ZWICKE

I FEEL IF YOU CAN DO THIS TO THESE POOR DOGS, WHO HAVE NO SAY IN THEIR TREATMENT, YOU ALSO PROBABLY HAVE THIS IN YOUR OWN BACKROUND IF YOU ABUSE WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WE NEED TO PUNISHMENT TO FIT THEIR CRIMES. IF THEY HAVE A DOG RING, AND HAVE PUPPIES, THE TERM SHOULD BE 25 YEARS, NO IFS OR BUTS. IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD DO 25 YEARS, IN THIS DAY, YOU PROBABLY WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT THE RESULTS ON YOUR LIFE BEFORE TAKING A DOGS LIFE. MICHAEL VICK GOT AWAY WITHOUT THE PROPER PUNISHMENT, AND HAS NOW COME BACK OUT WITH HIS HEAD HIGH IN THE PUBLIC SPORTS FIELD AGAIN. HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE NFL EVER AGAIN.

Rene' Arnold

The 2 men caught should be put away for live or elimated. A fine of $1,000,000.00 is not too much for the life of an animal. they do is give unconditional love unless otherwise trined. Which is what these men were doing. Can you imagine what they would do to
humans?

Christine

Thank you ASPCA for your continued efforts and commitment to stop dog fighting. I respect you so much for this! I joined ASPCA as a guardian last month so that you have a monthly donation and funds available when you need it to support your activiites. Please continue to let us know how we can support your efforts with the petitions and proper funding. It is important we be the voice for these innocent animals and make sure our our government passes laws to protect them and penalize these criminals.

DIANE

Dont waste peeps money putting them in jail. Just throw them in a ring with 10 dogs and let him fight all of them off. See how he likes it!!!!! These peeps have no right being given a day in court. They are nothing but pure GARBAGE.

Margo

Yeah, Thank you for your help with saving these wonder full dogies, and putting away these so called humans that does this to these animals, these people ar nothing but low live cowards to do something like this.

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