FEDERAL AUTHORITIES SAY THEY BROKE UP A MULTI-STATE DOGFIGHTING RING THAT INCLUDED TRAINING PIT BULLS TO FIGHT IN KANSAS, MISSOUI AND TEXAS.
PETE DAVIS JR. and MELVIN ROBINSON are charged in a criminal complaint unsealed on Monday in U.S. District Court for Kansas. Court documents say each man faces one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture in interstate commerce.
The complaint accuses the men of holding weekly dogfights in northwest Missouri, training the dogs at a home in Kansas City KS, where the dogs were put on treadmills with:
******* LIVE CHICKENS USED AS BAIT *******
EDITED NEWS RELEASE FROM AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS:
At the request of the FBI, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the U.S. Attorney's Office, the ASPCA in conjunction with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Henry County Sheriff's Department, assisted in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid in Missouri, Kansas and Texas this past weekend. The ASPCA managed the removal and transport of:
100 DOGS INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION AND IS OVERSEEING FORENSIC EVIDENCE COLLECTION, AS WELL AS THE DOGS' VETERINARY CARE AND SHELTERING.
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DOG FIGHTING IS A FELONY IN ALL 50 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ADDITIONAL ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES ARE OFTEN CONNECTED WITH DOG FIGHTING, SUCH AS DRUG AND WEAPONS VIOLATIONS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE "ANIMAL FIGHTING SPECTATOR PROHIBITION ACT" WAS REINTRODUCED IN THE U.S. CONGRESS, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO ATTEND AN ORGANIZED ANIMAL FIGHT AND IMPOSE ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR BRINGING A MINOR TO A FIGHT.