Missouri men plead guilty to federal dog fighting charges

Four defendants in Missouri have pleaded guilty to federal dog fighting charges stemming from the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, which happened July 8.

Four eastern Missouri men — Robert Hackman of Foley, Teddy Kiriakidis of Leasburg, Ronald Creach of Leslie and Michael Morgan of Hannibal — pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to charges connected to the raid. Another man arrested in connection with the raid — Jack Ruppel of Eldon — pleaded guilty to charges Sept. 4 in federal court in Jefferson City.

The ASPCA assisted the Humane Society of Missouri and federal and state agencies in conducting the raid, which resulted in the rescue of more than 400 dogs and the arrests of 26 people accused of organizing dog fighting rings. Arrests were made in eight states, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Mississippi.

Dogfighting 6.jpgDogs rescued exhibited numerous wounds and scars; one was missing lips; another was missing a leg. Many had internal parasites, ear infections and broken, worn or missing teeth.

“The ASPCA is determined to protect its nation’s pets from dogfighting and other forms of brutality” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “Animal cruelty cannot be tolerated, and we are pleased that the five Eastern Missouri defendants are taking responsibility for the pain and suffering that they inflicted.”

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  3. Good for you Humane Society of Missoure and the ASPCA. This crime is animal abuse directly connected to the violence of “dog fighting.” This is the worst form of abuse of the “Pit Bull” breeds. This evil practice must be stopped. The breed was America’s most popular dog during the early 1900s. The criminal sub-culture used this creature’s overwhelming desire to be “loyal to their master” to turn some of these dogs into weapons of protection and intimidation. Be on the lookout for signs of dog fighting or animal abuse in your neighborhoods and notify the authorities and local animal rescue agencies if you suspect it is going on.

    My novel has just been released about a real life American Staffordshire “Pit Bull” Terrier who I saved from a dog fighting operation years ago. His name was “Billy Bob” and he never met a person he didn’t love. He knew how to relate to young and old, allowing for their reduced levels of activity and weaknesses. He was a wonderful and loving animal that became part of our family. The book is “Billy’s World”. The website is http://www.billybobbook.com . I hope you will learn more about these wonderful creatures. The website has a lot more information about the book as well as pictures of Billy Bob. Billy, believe it or not, now has his own blog. His address is: http://billybobworld.blogspot.com . Check it out and leave a comment on the blog.

    Bill Stauss, Tulsa, Ok


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