After a one-week trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury of five men and seven women found a Bronx man guilty of violating the animal welfare act and conspiracy for training dogs for vicious fight matches
On Friday, Rasheed Richardson, 29, charged with buying and training dogs to compete in fights to the end dogfighting matches, could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Jurors watched several videos of animal cruelty showing one vicious dog in training mauling another while that dog cried out in fear and intense pain.
Richardson had purchased the dogs out of state and trained them to be vicious and aggressive. He had planned to breed his own fighting dogs. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.
The ASPCA, the New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were able to bring Richardson to justice and shine more light onto the brutality of dogfighting. Of the 11 dogs rescued that day at Richardson’s home, five of the dogs were so aggressive, authorities stated they had to be humanely euthanized.
Rest in peace sweet dogs. We are sorry humans failed you.
If you see something that isn’t right, say something. It was a neighbor who complained about the constant barking coming from Richardson’s home that started the investigation.
(Photo of Richardson via screenshot New York Post)
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