Dogfighting Victims Rescued by MABBR Need YOUR Support!

Photo by ASPCA

Photo by ASPCA

Last August, the second-largest dogfighting bust in United States history resulted in the seizure of 367 dogs. This is an ongoing federal case, you can read more about it here:

Though we still have two dogs available for adoption that came to us from a bust last spring (Tex and Heidi), MABBR committed to taking yet another bust victim into our program despite being full. (We will be posting BeeGee’s adoption info soon after she is evaluated and settles in).

BeeGee1In order for us to continue to help dogs seized in busts, as well as dogs that end up in area shelters, we desperately need YOUR help! Your donation will be used to help feed, vet, and house these deserving dogs until they are adopted into loving homes.

In addition to donations, we will also be posting an Amazon Wish List, too!

Please make a donation today. We appreciate your support!

Two KCK men charged in three-state dogfighting case

March 25, 2013

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Federal prosecutors have charged two Kansas City, Kan., men with participating in a three-state Midwest dogfighting ring that was broken up Saturday at a fight in Texas.  Federal officials have broken up a three-state dogfighting ring that they say trained some dogs on treadmills in Kansas City, Kan. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom (center) spoke about the charges during a press conference Monday at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kan.

Federal officials have broken up a three-state Midwest dog-fighting ring that they say trained some dogs on treadmills in Kansas City, Kan.  Authorities seized 71 dogs, most of them pit bulls, over the weekend in Kansas, Missouri and Texas, said Barry Grissom, the U.S. attorney for Kansas.  Among the sites searched were a Kansas City, Kan., residence — where some dogs allegedly were trained using treadmills and caged chickens — and a northern Missouri farm owned by one of the suspects, authorities said.

Pete Davis Jr., 38, and Melvin L. Robinson, 41, are charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., with transporting dogs in interstate commerce to participate in animal fighting. If convicted, each man faces up to five years in federal prison.  The two men owned as many as 60 dogs that were kept mainly at the farm in Harrison County, Mo., where fights were held on Sundays, according to court documents unsealed Monday.

Medical teams from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the seized dogs and six rescued chickens , authorities said Monday.  Staff from Wayside Waifs in Kansas City and Great Plains SPCA in Merriam are helping with operations to care for the animals in a temporary shelter, ASPCA officials said.

“Dogfighting is not a sport. It is a crime,” Grissom said at a Monday afternoon news conference.  The charges and animal rescues were the result of a five-month investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement officers and the ASPCA, Grissom said. He said that partnership showed that authorities take the crime very seriously.

“We hope this will send a message,” Grissom said. “This kind of behavior has to stop.”

According to the allegations, Robinson used treadmills and weights to train the dogs, which sometimes killed chickens in the exercises.  A plywood box kept the dogs on the treadmills and Robinson allegedly would place a harnesses on the dogs and chain the harnesses to the treadmills for hours at a time.  Davis, Robinson and a third person allegedly removed two dead dogs from the farm this month and disposed of them in Kansas.  Witnesses told investigators that Robinson and Davis discussed traveling to Texas in late March for a large “dog show,” which is code for dogfight, federal investigators said.  Robinson and Davis also talked about plans to wager $20,000 to $30,000 on the fights, according to the documents.

On Friday, law enforcement officers followed the pair and several other people traveling in a three-vehicle convoy through Oklahoma and into Texas to a location near Tyler.  At Monday’s news conference, authorities said about 30 people were attending the fight Saturday night in a wooded area when police moved in.  One of the Kansas City, Kan., men was arrested there, but authorities did not say which one.  The other man turned himself in to authorities in Kansas.  Many people attending the fight fled when police arrived. “Like cockroaches when the lights are turned on,” Grissom said.

A similar joint investigation in 2009 that centered on northwest Missouri broke the largest U.S. dogfighting ring, involving more than 400 dogs. Though the case announced Monday was not as large, it still was a significant operation, said Tim Rickey, the vice president of the ASCPA’s field investigations and response team.

Rickey said the animals’ health is being assessed while they are held as evidence in the criminal cases.  The goal is to rehabilitate as many of the dogs as possible and prepare them for adoption, he said.  “In our eyes,these dogs have suffered tremendously as a result of this for-profit crime,” he said. “We want to give these dogs a second chance.”  Despite the disruption of two major operations in the area since 2009, dogfighting remains prevalent, Rickey said.  “My goal — our goal — is to put an end to this brutal and barbaric industry,” he said.

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To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

 

Dog Fighting Operation Busted

By Chris Conte

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn.- Animal rescue investigators say it is one of the most disturbing and largest alleged dog fighting operations they have ever discovered in the state of Tennessee.

Sixty-five dogs were found chained up, emaciated and abused behind a house on Buckeye Road in Ashland City on Thanksgiving. The dogs were found by accident after fire fighters were called to extinguish a brush fire, the same fire that nearly killed the dogs, in a way, also saved them.

“It’s just unbelievable that these dogs are even alive. This has been going on for probably decades,” explained Scotlund Haisley with the Animal Rescue Corps.

The organization spent the entire day Saturday cutting the dogs from chains and placing them in crates so they could be moved to a warehouse in Lebanon where each one will be evaluated and nursed back to health.

“It’s a living hell. Absolutely horrendous conditions, I mean emaciated pit bulls, infected, old infected wounds. Tons of scaring, broken bones, you name it. This is one of the worst pit bull fighting cases I have ever seen,” Haisley added.

Investigators haven’t charged anyone yet, but federal officials were in Ashland City on Saturday because dog fighting is considered a federal felony. The owner of the home where the dogs were found told officials he rents out the house and wasn’t aware the dog were being held there.

“They had no access to food or water, some of them had shelters others didn’t’,” said Haisley.

Officials hope to be able to adopt out the dogs in the coming weeks but say they first need to make sure each one is healthy.

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