|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last known address|
|Michael Allen Tucker, 49||Dogfighting - 37 pitbulls seized, all euthanized||
|May 26, 2005|
|Eric Scott Mosley, 40||Dogfighting - 37 pitbulls seized, all euthanized||
|May 26, 2005|
|Eric Scott Mosley, 42||Dogfighting - 22 pit bulls seized, 11 dogs euthanized||
|December 18, 2007|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved|
An alleged dogfighter was in custody and authorities were questioning two city firefighters about their connection to a facility authorities said was used to train pit bulls to fight.
Authorities raided the facility and arrested Michael A. Tucker, 49, of Shreveport. He was charged with dog fighting, which carries a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.
Investigators said neither firefighter was arrested, but authorities said more arrests were expected.
In the raid, authorities found 37 pit bulls, a wooden treadmill, a walker similar to those used to train horses and books about dogfighting .
Investigators alleged that the dogs were enticed to run faster on the treadmill by dangling animal hides in front of them.
Rick Quillin, an investigator with the Caddo Parish animal control office, said 26 of the 37 dogs were euthanized and the rest were taken to kennels.
He added that the dogs appeared to have been scarred and lacerated from dogfights.
Update 5/29/05: Twenty-six of the dogs had scars and lacerations consistent with dogfighting and were euthanized on the scene, said Rick Quilin, an investigator with Caddo Animal Control.
The remaining 11 pit bulls, which appear to be 6 to 9 months old, were taken to kennels at Caddo Animal Control but will be euthanized as well if their owners don't post $350 bond within the next 15 days, he said.
Michael Allen Tucker , 49, of the 7700 block of Blanchard-Latex Road in Shreveport told authorities that all of the pit bulls belong to him. He was booked on one count of dogfighting after state police, Caddo sheriff's deputies and Caddo Animal Control agents raided two locations in the 5300 block of Henry-Tucker Road, state police Trooper James Cormier said.
Authorities said they also have identified another suspect and may come up with more.
The dogs likely were picked out of various litters to be trained to fight, Quillin said. "We cannot put these dogs up for adoption because these dogs are not fit for society. We are not breed specific, but the people who fight the dogs are."
The raids resulted from a year long investigation. But authorities have photographs of dirt circles dating to 2001 that prove that training has been going on there for a while, Quilin said.
"This is, in fact, a training facility for pit bulls. And it's no more different than a drug site or any other criminal site. This is the most dogs we've ever got in one stop."
Authorities also seized manuals and equipment typically used to train pit bulls for fighting along with medication given to dogs before and after fighting.
They believe some of the items indicate at least one of the sites raided has been used for dogfight matches.
"They had treadmills; that's big in fighting dogs," said Michael Dale, director of Caddo Animal Control. Animal hides were attached to fishing poles and dangled near the dogs' heads to urge them to run on the treadmills.
"They had portable fighting pits, scales for weighing them to make sure they are in the correct weight class during fights and quite a bit of medication in the refrigerator at a remote location."
The drugs, some controlled, included antibiotics, steroids, shock therapy, medication for worming and IVs that are used to replace fluids lost during a duel. Some of the medication was distributed through a veterinarian and possibly could be traced by law officials, Dale said.
"The types of medicines we found normally are used to get the dog in tip-top shape to (fight) and after the fight," Dale said.
Caddo Commissioner David Cox of Shreveport, who is heading a city-parish initiative to put together a law to regulate dog ownership and dogfighting, watched as officials raided the locations Thursday.
"It was disgusting, and it needs to be stopped," said Cox, who represents District 10. "To think in this day and time we can be this barbaric, that's sad. If we don't do something about it soon, I fear it's going to tear our area apart."
Update 6/1/05: Authorities have identified another suspect and may come up with more in connection with raids last week on an illegal dogfighting facility in west Shreveport, a state police spokesman said.
"I can say that we are going to get a search warrant for a Shreveport fireman, I just don't know when," said Doug Pierrelee of Troop G based in Bossier City. "We've been talking with him. And he has been very cooperative with us, so I'm sure it will be of no surprise to him."
And Michael Allen Tucker, the man who was arrested in connection with the same case, has a history of animal abuse. Tucker is free on $20,000 bond after being booked into Caddo Correctional Center, according to jail records.
Tucker also is one of 26 men and women who were arrested in March 2001 when DeSoto sheriff's deputies sneaked up on dogfights in progress. He was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of dogfighting and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs, according to DeSoto district attorney's office records.
Dogfighting emerged as a big-money gambling outlet throughout the 1990s. And the state dogfighting law made prosecution difficult unless authorities disrupted a dogfight in progress, an extremely rare occurrence.
But in 2001, animal rights activists successfully lobbied to change the law to make it a felony to breed, train or own a dog for fighting, according to Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Authorities now can make cases by seizing evidence by state police and Caddo Animal Control.
"It's obvious they were selling dogs. And we want to see where these dogs were going and who the clients are," Pierrelee said. "We want to take this as far as we can. We will take this across the state line and across the country if we have to," he said. "This is just like a dope run. Sometimes it takes us months and years to get to the bottom of it, just to find out where the dope is going."
Dogfighting carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Update 6/7/05: A Shreveport firefighter is on paid administrative leave following his arrest in connection with the recent raid of an illegal dogfighting training facility.
Eric Mosley, 40, of the 3200 block of Junior Place, surrendered to Louisiana state police and was booked into Caddo Correctional Center on one count of felony dogfighting, said Troop G spokesman Doug Pierrelee.
Mosley, who has been with the department since Oct. 16, 2000, has been placed on leave and an internal affairs investigation will determine his future as a Shreveport firefighter, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran said.
"The Fire Department considers the arrest of firefighter Eric Mosley and the events surrounding the case unfortunate for him, his family and the department," Cochran said in a prepared statement. "To date, Mosley has been a good employee through his four and a half years of employment."
Tucker admitted ownership of all the dogs on the properties, but he identified Mosley as the owner of the vehicle. Tucker told investigators Mosley helped with the dogs, authorities said.
The firefighter later admitted to handling the dogs and being at the property on several occasions.
Mosley posted a $2,500 bond shortly after being booked into the jail.
"We realize the citizens expect public safety officials such as firefighters and police officers to conform to a higher standard of upholding and abiding by the law, and we strongly instill that sentiment within the culture of our organization," Cochran included in the prepared statement.
"Right now we are taking the prescribed steps to allow the legal and internal process to take their due course in this matter."
Additional suspects are still being interviewed and more arrests are possible, according to state police. Dogfighting carries a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.
Update 12/3/05: Shreveport firefighter Eric Mosley could be back on the city's payroll as early as next week after being acquitted on a dogfighting charge.
Brian Crawford, department spokesman, said administrators are preparing for Mosley's return to work while waiting on official documents from Caddo District Court on the acquittal.
"The department is aware of the recent ruling in the case against Mr. Mosley and is taking necessary administrative steps for his return. He will receive compensation for any lost salary and benefits during the period of administrative leave without pay," he said.
Mosley, who has been with the department since Oct. 16, 2000, will be allowed to take any vacation time that would have accumulated during his absence.
He was placed on administrative leave with pay in June ---- then later switched it to leave without pay ---- after he was arrested and charged with dogfighting. This week Mosley, 40, was acquitted by a Caddo jury following a three-day trial.
"Dogfighting is a felony, and he faced a minimum of one to 10 years in prison," said Richard Goorley, Mosley's attorney. "We are pleased by the jury's decision, but we are not surprised because he was not involved in dogfighting and has never been involved in dogfighting."
Mosley and Tucker were arrested after authorities raided two locations in the 5300 block of Henry-Tucker Road and seized 37 pit bulls. Twenty-six of the dogs were killed on the spot, and animal control later euthanized the others.
Tucker told investigators Mosley helped with dogs.
However, there was no evidence introduced at the trial that the animals were used for fighting. A state trooper testified that pictures did not show scars on any of the dogs.
A video shown to jurors showed Mosley walking a puppy on one of the properties. But he was just visiting his aunt, and the dog belonged to him, Goorley said.
"We didn't present any evidence at the trial because we felt the state's case against Mr. Mosley was inexistent. Hopefully now he can move on with his life.
Tucker also pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
Case # 2 12/20/07: Caddo Animal Control authorities have seized 22 pit bull dogs, some suspected of being used for dogfighting, from the home of a Shreveport firefighter who was acquitted of felony dogfighting in 2005.
Animal Control officials Tuesday searched the home of Eric Mosley, in the 3200 block of Junior Place, and seized the dogs, a treadmill that could be used to build a dog's endurance, dog vitamins, amino acid and syringes, authorities said.
Mosley, 42, was arrested in June 2005 and charged with felony dogfighting after authorities raided a west Shreveport home, seized 37 pit bulls and confiscated similar equipment used in training dogs to fight. He later that year was acquitted of the charges.
Mosley has not been arrested in the latest investigation. Tim Weaver, interim director of Animal Control, said animal cruelty charges could be filed in the case.
"No one has been arrested; however, we are still working the investigation," Weaver said.
"As far as the dogs, right now we have them at the shelter. We are feeding them and giving them water."
At least four of the dogs seized had scars consistent with dogfighting, and five of the dogs were puppies, Weaver said.
Caddo Animal Control officers responded to the residence after receiving an anonymous complaint. No one was home.
Richard and Anna Wilmer, who live across the street from Mosley, said they were surprised to learn so many dogs were being kept on the property. However, the couple said that on several occasions the noise from the pit bulls was disturbing and annoying to those living on and around Junior Place.
Large barrels were used as makeshift doghouses for the animals and were spread throughout the wooded area behind Mosley's house.
"You'd see (Mosley) come home and then the dogs and the noise would start," Richard Wilmer said. "You knew just as good when he was there. I always felt like something wasn't right, and I can't help but wonder if that's why he bought that house."
Wilmer never witnessed any dogfighting but said he often noticed Mosley's vehicle and a dark-colored truck taking dogs to and from the residence.
The dogs seized were tied to extremely short chains, had no food and their water was filled with leaves and dirt, according to officials.
"No one wants dogfighting or animal cruelty in their neighborhood," Wilmer's wife, Anna, said.
Mosley, who has been with the department since Oct. 16, 2000, and Michael Tucker were arrested in 2005 when Louisiana state police busted what appeared to be a dog-training facility. Surveillance video taken during the yearlong investigation shows Mosley training a dog on a treadmill for about 20 minutes, authorities said at the time. He also was observed drying one of the dogs and placing it in the back of a red Chevrolet truck.
A Caddo jury later acquitted him, and charges against Tucker later were dismissed by a judge.
Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and is a felony in 48 states, including Louisiana. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country continue to crack down on the illegal operations.
Update 12/21/07: Mosley is charged with one count of dogfighting. He was booked into and released from Caddo Correctional Center after posting a $10,184 bond.
Mosley, is on paid leave, according to Chief Safety Officer Scott Wolverton. Mosley will be the subject of an internal investigation that will coincide with the criminal probe.
His arrest follows the seizure of 22 pitbull dogs from his property in the 3200 block of Junior Place in Shreveport. Caddo Animal Services also claimed as evidence a treadmill similar to those often used to build a dog's endurance, canine vitamins, amino acid and syringes.
No one was arrested initially after the search. Caddo Animal Services officers responded to Mosley's home after receiving an anonymous complaint. No one was home.
A warrant was issued for Mosley's arrest following veterinarian observation of one of the dogs, among other evidence, Parish Administrator Woody Wilson said. The Caddo Commission oversees Animal Services.
No other arrests are expected for now, Wilson said.
Animals Services said that at least four of the dogs seized show scars consistent with dogfighting.
Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and is a felony in 48 states, including Louisiana.
The Shreveport Times