A former employee at the Pentagon has been charged with promoting and facilitating animal fighting after federal agents raided his home on September 6.
Frederick D. Moorefield Jr., who previously worked as a deputy chief information officer in the Pentagon, reportedly ran a dogfighting operation called “Geehad Kennels,” according to Task & Purpose.
The authorities apparently discovered electrical equipment and jumper cables “consistent with devices used to execute dogs” inside Moorefield’s home in Arnold, Maryland.
Moorefield seems to have been working with a second man, Mario Flythe, 49, from Glen Burnie. The two have been accused of training, transporting, and possessing animals for the explicit purpose of having them fight, per the report.
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland stated that Moorefield, Flythe, and others who were working with them apparently used an encrypted messaging platform to talk about how to train dogs for illegal animal fighting. They also shared videos about dogfighting and even set up their own dogfighting events.
The two men also discussed the details of betting on dogfighting, dogs that had been fatally wounded while fighting, and reports that appeared in the media about individuals who had been caught by law enforcement for doing the same thing they were allegedly involved in.
There were also discussions about how to ensure that their dog fighting endeavors could be kept secret, so as not to get caught.
During the execution of the search warrant at Moorefield’s home, the authorities discovered twelve dogs, along with “veterinary steroids, training schedules, a carpet that appeared to be stained with blood, and a weighted dog vest with a patch reading ‘Geehad Kennels.'”
The jumper cables and electrical equipment that were also discovered at the scene are believed to be the tools usually used for killing dogs that lose fights.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that the criminal complaint “is not a finding of guilt,” adding that an “individual charged by criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.”
“If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for possessing, training, or transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
While Moorefield was previously employed by the government, the Pentagon’s website now suggests that another person, Kevin Mulvihill, has filled the spot in an “acting” role.
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