Former DOD Employee Allegedly Ran Dog Fighting Ring

( – A Department of Defense (DOD) official has been arrested for facilitating a dogfighting ring for twenty years. Frederick Douglass Moorefield, the former Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was detained along with his friend Mario Flythe. Both were charged with promoting and furthering animal-fighting ventures. They were released until trial.

Court documents state that Moorefield named his dogfighting business “Geehad Kennels” and used jumper cables to kill the animals that did not perform well in fights.

The investigation began in 2018 when Animal Control in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, found the bodies of two dead dogs in a bag addressed to Mr. Moorefield’s home in Arnold. The marks on the dogs’ bodies were “consistent with dog fighting,” according to the affidavit.

A search of Moorefield’s property uncovered coded WhatsApp conversations with Flythe where they discussed dog fighting and breeding females described as “hoes.” Investigators also found five dogs kept in small cages in a windowless basement that contained objects usually associated with training dogs for fighting, including “weighted collars and heavy metal chains.”

Blood-stained carpets were discovered along with syringes, allegedly for administering steroids, and a staple gun used to close wounds. Items “used to execute dogs that lose dogfights” were also seized. A search of Mr. Flythe’s property found seven more dogs in similar conditions.

In response to the charges, Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman said Moorefield is no longer employed at the Department of Defense, but he would not comment on the criminal charges except to say he was aware of them. If convicted, the defendants face a five-year prison sentence.

Dog fighting is an illegal gambling scheme that pits dogs against each other and forces them to fight until one dies. Often linked to organized crime, it has been banned under federal law since 2007. The largest ring ever uncovered in America belonged to Edward Faron, who was jailed in 2009.

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