Rescued Fighting Dogs Now Seek New Homes

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Kansas City dogs that were once bred as fighters are now looking for new homes about one year after their owners were arrested and charged with operating a dog fighting ring.  Though they were trained to be killers, when given the chance to prove they could overcome their traumatic beginning, several of these dogs turned their lives around and now need loving homes.

Melvin Robinson and Pete Davis Jr. are serving federal prison sentences after allegedly breeding, cruelly training, and transporting the animals between Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.  Often they would tie weights to the dogs to strengthen them, force them to run on a treadmill, and administer drugs to make them more aggressive towards other animals.

Melvin Robinson (left) and Pete Davis Jr.
Melvin Robinson (left) and Pete Davis Jr.


Robinson and Davis sponsored at least three fights using six dogs.  After investigators followed them in March of 2013, they were arrested before having the chance to hold another fight in Tyler, Texas.  In October, Robinson was sentenced to 10 months and Davis was sentenced with 16.

Many of these dogs are now looking for new, loving homes.  One of the dogs, Chetana, has spent some time recovering and rehabbing at Wayside Waifs over the last year, and is one of the luckier ones.  Some of the other dogs brought to Wayside Waifs from the fighting ring weren’t able to rebound like she has.

“Unfortunately, one was too aggressive to ever be a family pet and be a safe adoption for us. The other one was extremely shy and fearful,” said Sarah Little of the rescue foundation.  “We worked with her for months. She was extremely stressed out in a shelter environment. Both were of those animals were humanely euthanized.”

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Chetana’s rehabilitation was a long and slow one, often involving a volunteer sitting by her kennel for hours, just spending time with her and giving her the chance to warm up to people who meant no harm.

“Her little world would be her home and her family. We think she would do great with a couple or single person that has a very quiet environment for her,” Little said.

“I will never forget the day she finally came over and started smelling,” volunteer Candy Brown added.

Several of the rescued pups are looking for homes or placement at shelters around the county.  Anyone interested in taking any of the dogs in should contact Wayside Waifs.





6 thoughts on “Rescued Fighting Dogs Now Seek New Homes”

  1. My only concern with this article is that the two men that were arrested should have been given several years in prison, not just a few months. People like them by promoting inhumane treatment of animals are what is wrong with this country .

    Our precious animals deserve more out of life than disgusting people that promote dog fighting. One can only hope that the men responsible will keep paying for their deeds one way or another when they out of prison.

    • To the Anonymous poster at 11:09am April 2…you and your racist pathetic comment is with what is wrong with this country. People like you that think like that is what is going to get more animals killed…what you fail to realize is that this goes on in all races, nationalities and social make up. This site is for caring and considerate people who want to help the dogs and who cares about what happens to them after they are rescued you “whatever” you are need to go away because you are tainting this site where decent people can post.

  2. Everyone made some valid points about the sentencing…it should stiffer sentencing for anyone who treat animals inhumanely. If they got 10yrs and 16yrs it would definite make these think twice about dog fighting.

  3. I was so ashamed to have been a lifelong Philadelphia team fan. I grew up in Philadelphia, and when they were good, bad or down right ugly I loved them, till they drafted Vicks. I could not believe that Philly, with all the problems they had with dog fighting in certain neighborhoods would bring in a man who claimed it wasn’t his fault, it was part of his culture. So, they were reinforcing this culture!! For the first time I was booing Philly instead of Dallas. I am happy that he is no longer in my home state, but wish that no one had picked up his option and made him the has been that he truly is!!


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