Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Five Alleged Dog-Fighters Don't Exactly Show Teeth in Court

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Missouri no likey people who are mean to pit bulls, baby. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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Less than three months after being indicted, five Missouri men pleaded guilty Monday to federal dog-fighting charges. How's that for a bloodless surrender?

In several states in early July, the feds confiscated nearly 400 pit bulls being bred and groomed for the blood sport. Some 170 of those dogs were rounded up here in Missouri. Prosecutors said it was the biggest take-down of a dog-fighting ring in U.S. history.

The Show-Me State's major players will all be sentenced on December 8.

They are:

-Robert Hackman, who operated Shake Rattle and Roll Kennel

-Jack Ruppel, who operated Ozark Hillbillys Kennel

-Michael Morgan, a.k.a. "Missouri Mike," who operated Cannibal Kennel

-Ronald Creach, who operated Hard Goodbye Kennel

-Teddy Kiriakidis, a.k.a Teddy Bogart

The Humane Society of Missouri has been caring for the dogs, who used to go by names like Eight Ball, Pot Hole and Black Betty.

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