2 Kansas men plead guilty to federal charges

Dog Fighting Ring

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Two Kansas City, Kan., men face up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge accusing them of running dog fights.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas said in a release Wednesday that 38-year-old Pete Davis Jr. and 42-year-old Melvin Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture. Sentencing is Sept. 9. Davis and Robinson also face a possible fine up to $250,000.

The two men were charged in March in a complaint alleging they owned dozens of dogs that they trained for dog fights.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said when the charges were announced that it removed about 70 dogs and a half dozen chickens involved in the venture.

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