There Are No Winners In A Dog Fight
  • Petitioned Celeste Bell

This petition was delivered to:

Corporate Counsel for GCAC
Celeste Bell
Chief Officer of Genesee County Animal Control
Walter Rodabaugh,
Sheriff of Genesee County, state of Michigan
Mr. Robert Pickell
Prosecuting Attorney for Genesee County, state of Michigan
Mr. David Leyton

There Are No Winners In A Dog Fight

    1. diane fenley
    2. Petition by

      diane fenley

      Nashville, TN

On Monday, April 9, 2012, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control responded to 626 E. Bishop in Flint, Michigan. They found what was believed to be a bait dog in the home’s driveway. The animal was reported to have extensive injuries and could hardly stand up. Bait dogs are used to train dogs to fight. In one article that I read, the bait dog was a chocolate lab and it was later discovered that this animal had received the most extensive injuries, ranging from deep, severe wounds, multiple fractures and one injury that could only have been brought about by a human; having a blunt object shoved into his rectum. In the video of the seizure, the chocolate lab is unable to stand on his own and appears ready to die. His face is heartbreaking. Four other dogs have visible injuries; including cuts, bite marks, and a broken leg.
The home’s garage floor was said to have been covered in animal feces and fresh patches of blood. A soiled mattress had been used as the fighting arena and fresh blood covered a dog cage. Authorities believe that the ringleader is a 14 year old boy who has been questioned. Sheriff Pickell said the boy was currently on a 180-day minimum suspension from school and that he had been kicked out of school at least 10 times in the past.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Sheriff Pickell declared, "What we've got here is a serious dog fighting group." He made that statement as dogs were seized from another home in Flint, MI on the city's north side. This came two days after the five dogs were seized on Monday, April 9th from a home (626 E. Bishop) that was three doors down the block. Sheriff Pickell says those dogs seized on Monday were tortured and three of them had to be euthanized, while two others will be put up for adoption. The dogs seized on Wednesday came from the grandmother’s home. “One of the dogs that we brought out appeared to be nursing and our first impulse is to believe that they may be breeding these dogs,” Sheriff Pickell said.
According to Sheriff Pickell, the 14 year old boy was believed to be operating the ring in a garage behind his mother’s home. His mother was arrested Wednesday on unrelated warrants. The boy was released after hours of questioning, but the case is still under investigation as there could be more suspects and more dogs involved.
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, six of the seven dogs seized were to be returned to their owners because authorities said they don’t have enough evidence to hold them.
I have pieced together the above story from several different news sources in the Flint, MI area, in an effort to make the story as concise as possible. The following link is very difficult to read due to the graphic nature of the contents, but I urge you to do so in hopes that you will become as outraged, saddened, and horrified as I was upon discovering the gory details.
It is my hope that justice will be served in honor of these horribly abused animals and that measures will be taken to prevent the same from happening to those animals that were returned. The person/s who perpetrated these acts was a sadist and they do not deserve to be walking around free. Many reputable studies have clearly shown the connection between animal torturers and serial killers. If a 14 year old is responsible, then I hope he is tried as an adult. He is clearly very disturbed and needs to be incarcerated, along with those who were supposed to be responsible for him. Dog fighting, as one investigator put it, “is one-stop shopping for law enforcement” because it almost always involves illegal weapons, drugs, gambling, and is linked to many other crimes.
Animals have no voice, but we do. If we combine our collective voices, we will be heard loudly and clearly. Please sign this petition and respectfully ask Mr. David Leyton, the Prosecuting Attorney for Genesee County to see that this case is fully investigated and that any guilty parties are prosecuted to the fullest extent. Mr. Leyton can be reached at: 900 South Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48502 (810) 257-3210


Recent signatures


    1. 14 yr. old is back in custody after removing his electronic bracelet.

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully, this will help the prosecution's case as this boy has no respect for the law. Let's keep sharing and adding signatures to present to the judge.

    2. 2 days ago the 14 year old was charged with dog fighting and torture.

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged the boy with one count of dog fighting and one count of animal torture. The article in the link says: The torture charge is a four-year felony with possible fines of up to $5,000 for the first animal and $2,500 for each subsequent animal. Dog fighting is also a four-year felony with fines up to $50,000 and up to 1,000 hours of community service.

      The 14-year-old will be tried as a juvenile.

      Leyton said the decision to use the juvenile system was made because it offers the maximum possible penalty.

      Please take the time to thank Prosecutor Leyton for doing the right thing.

    3. CORRECTION: The dogs taken from the 14 yr. old's grandmother WERE RETURNED.

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      I apologize for the inaccuracy of the last update. I received forwarded emails this morning that confirm the dogs were returned and why .In an email from Walter Rodabaugh, he states:

      "The problem is classifications of animals. Animals are considered
      personal property and not real property, same as with guns, that is why
      I use that illustration. If you are not charged with a crime then you
      have the right to your personal property. According to the detective
      there was absolutely no evidence of these 4 animals having any
      connection other than being a relative in this case. If these were on
      the property of the mother and son then that would be a different story.
      Grandma was forced to license and vaccinate the dogs before they left
      this building, grandma was also turned into the city of flint for
      violations of the ordinance which only the city of flint can enforce and
      not this department. If grandma violates the law then she will be
      charged for that crime."

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. As of 04/19, no dogs have been returned to anyone involved.

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      I know everyone has been so very concerned about the fate of the dogs that were to be returned. In an e-mail to a supporter of this petition, Mr. Robadaugh stated that no dogs have been returned. I have not personally heard from him and have received no response to the e-mail I sent him and the legal counsel for Genesee Animal Control, but I believe it is true that these animals are safe from their abusers as this investigation continues. I encourage everyone to send e-mail inquiries to Animal Control and the Sheriff's Department re: your concerns. We are fast approaching 6,000 signatures!!! So grateful for all of you.

    6. Reached 5,000 signatures
    7. They are talking about this in the United Kingdom

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      People all over the world are concerned about this case and the eyes of the world are upon Genesee County.

    8. New contact info for you. Please contact & speak up for the dogs!

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      Diane, thank you so much for starting this petition. I just wanted to let you know that you need to add these people and emails to the recipients. Walter is the one and only one who can decide to press charges in this case. I am a local advocate that helps run Save Faith, No Kill Michigan and Animal Advocates of Michigan for Positve Changes. Thank you again!
      Genesee County Animal Control

      Celeste Bell (Corporate Counsel for GCAC


      Walter Rodabaugh (Animal Control Chief Officer)

      This was sent to me by a lady who lives in Flint, MI. Her name is Mindy Vickery and this is very helpful. Thanks Mindy!

      Let's start e-mailing and letting them know that we care about these dogs. Thanks everyone.

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. We're approaching 3000 signatures!

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      I am so heartened by the response of caring people in the United States and all over the world. It is my belief that the outpouring of love and support for these innocent animals will help justice to be served. As I said, there are NO WINNERS. This child of 14 was not born a heartless, cruel monster. The people who should have loved him, didn't. They taught him the values he lived by, but at age 14, we know right from wrong and our actions should be taken seriously when they are so brutal. Please keep sharing and we will have a LOUD and CLEAR message to deliver to the sheriff and the district attorney.

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. Amazed! We're at 783 signatures!

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      Did I set my goal too low? Apparently so, thanks to all of you good human beings out there. We do outnumber the bad and we must keep it so. Love and peace to all of you.

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. We just passed 400 signatures!

      diane fenley
      Petition Organizer

      With your support, we can make a huge difference for the dogs that are left and bring light to the barbaric act of dog fighting. Only you can do it. Thanks so much for taking a step to better the world!

    15. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Kornfield ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I currently provide pro bono legal services in the field of animal welfare, and have done so for 30 years, and I know that prosecutors and civilians need appropriate laws to deal with crime and to create a civilized society.

      • over 2 years ago

      This is not humane, this are living loving animals. I beleive they should be send to prison and not be able to EVER own another animal again

    • Pamela Click CUBA, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      The dogs were returned because of not enough evidence?? How much evidence does one need to see that these dogs have been mistreated?? Pit Bulls are being put down everyday, because they are a specific breed. And there is no evidence of wrongdoing on their part. These people are obviously involved in a crime! The boy was suspended for the 10th time?? Well, he will surely learn a lesson this time........right? What a bunch of crap!

    • Talya Cuthbert LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      How could I not sign this? :( My heart breaks for these animals, can't even imagine their pain and suffering, makes me sick that someone could do this to them.

    • Mariah DeVille TEMECULA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dog fighting is a horrible, demented, psychotic "sport", and should be prosecuted to the full extent.


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