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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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Kim M Sether

This just absoultely sickens me. The punishment for these poor excuse of human beings is not nearly strict enough. Thank you, thank you for being there to protect these helpless wonderful animals.

Janie Gutierrez

When people do this things they do not have a heart, they are empty inside, they are not human. The only thing they are filled is rage. These are the people that should be treated as such, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. They should not be allowed to return to the community. If they do this to whom is considered mans loyal friend, imagine what they would do to another human being. These are the individuals that are not safe in our society. They should not be given mercy. They should be in jail, secluded from all others. The problem is that these lovely creatures then have difficulty with acting normal, that when teased they respond by killing. And what is worse, from the same laws in our F_ _ _ _ _ _ society, who gets it? They do! Because it is always the dogs fault, no the freaking bastard that got them this way. It is always the dogs fault and not the idiots that neglected to do something for them. I think that they are the animals. A dog is our loyal friend and he should be treated like a friend with love and respect. I wish I was in front of this monsters and do what they have done to them, so then they can know how it feels if they survive, they are cowards, thinking they are macho men. Why don't they do it to themselves?

ANN

IT SAYS THEY FACE UP TO 5 YRAES AND UP TO 250,000. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL GET THAT MUCH (ALTHOUGH I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL)
I HOPE YOU GET A JUDGE THAT LOVES ANIMALS. I HAVE SEEN SO MANY SLAPS ON THE WRIST WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS UNDER THE GUISE OF THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN THE PRISONS FOR PEOPLE THAT HURT PEOPLE LET ALONE ANIMALS! I WILL PREY FOR A ANIMAL LOVING JUDGE AND JURY.

Edward L. Kulzer

Thank you for your work in protecting the helpless

Teressa Dell

My son's beloved buddy, Rock got stolen out of his home in Oklahoma. Will the pictures of the dogs be posted somewhere in website? I'd like to see if they have Rocko.. These idiots deserve long jail time. I don't want to see the courthouse let them go this easy..

marion

Thank You for saving these poor babies. I am so glad they will have a future to look forward to. It is so sad this is only one of who knows how many rings are really out there. I think they should be put to the strongest penalties possible. I think the people who run these things should just be locked together and they can fight each other to the death instead of the dogs. Society wouldn't even miss them. They do more than just hurt animals they hurt people too. Violence doesn't stop at one thing. Thank you so much for helping to save the ones you do.

Lisa MacLean

These assholes need to be put in the ring with the dogs to kill them....these dogs get way too much bad publicity. Humans are cruel and should be punished more for a cruel act like this.
I hope the woman missing her dogs above finds them safe.
These dog fighting rings use other dogs as bait...how sad are people?
Thanks to all of you whom rescued these dogs. They deserve a better life...the guys who did this do not deserve to live.

Anne

THANK YOU SO MUCH for saving these dear dogs...I know they will go on to live wonderful lives. They wouldn't have made it with out you! What a great organization you are..Blessings!

EagledPar4

Let's work to keep escalating the sentence to match those given for similar crimes against humans. If there are politicians who condone this abusive behavior, or feel that the punishment is sufficient, they should be locked up with them. There are men who go to jail for years for stealing automobiles. Why let these vermin free with a slap on the wrist?
With millions of pet owners around the country, I don't think it would take much to put a national referendum on the ballot that hands out minimum sentences of 25 years for dog fighting. Maybe once this garbage comes out of prison as old, broken, poor excuses for human beings, they may change their ways. If they are released after a few years, guaranteed they will return to do the deed as the money involved is too large, and the costs are too low.
These are not civilized people, and should be shipped to offshore prisons where they can be subjected to torture, violence, and cruel living conditions, just like they provide to the victims they profit from.

unique

Just like Michael Vick, these POS needed to get more time in prison.

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