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Local animal welfare agencies help ASPCA with dogs seized in dog-fighting raid

Wayside Waifs (pictured) and Great Plains SPCA have assisted with an ASPCA sheltering operation following a weekend dog-fighting raid.
Wayside Waifs (pictured) and Great Plains SPCA have assisted with an ASPCA sheltering operation following a weekend dog-fighting raid.
K. Wall, Examiner.com

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that nearly 100 dogs were seized over the weekend as a result of a dog-fighting raid that has two Kansas men facing federal criminal charges.

Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson, both of KCK, were charged in the criminal complaint. The complaint alleges that the men trained the dogs in KCK and Harrison County, Mo., and transported them to dog fights as far away as Dallas.

After the FBI raided a location suspected of holding a contract dog fight in north Texas, a search warrant was executed Saturday night in Kansas. Two additional warrants were served Sunday morning for the seizure of dogs in Missouri.

“We are pleased to be able to assist federal, state and local agencies in such a massive investigation, and to safely bring the animals to our temporary shelter, where they will receive much-needed care and treatment,” said Matt Bershadker, senior vice president of the ASPCA’s anti-cruelty group.

The temporary shelter is in an undisclosed location. Kansas City-area animal welfare agencies Wayside Waifs and Great Plains SPCA are assisting the ASPCA with the sheltering operation.

Under the FBI’s direction, ASPCA investigators are collecting crime-scene evidence and DNA samples from the dogs. The investigators will submit these DNA samples to Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), a criminal dog-fighting DNA database. Law enforcement agencies use this information to identify relationships between dogs and connections between trainers, breeders and dog-fighting operations. As this is an ongoing investigation and the dogs are considered evidence, placement options for the animals have not yet been determined.

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.