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.
Dogs 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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