Charges filed against Flint man for alleged role in dog fighting operation – The Flint Journal

Gary Ridley |


Gary Ridley |

The Flint Journal

on October 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM, updated October 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

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Officials seize twenty-nine pitbulls from two houses suspected of dog fighting in Flint
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A tranquilized pitbull is taken to an Genesee County Animal Control van while being seized from a house on Seneca Street in Flint on Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Department and Genesee County Animal Control officers took 29 pitbulls from two houses suspected of dog fighting. 

FLINT, MI — Charges have been filed against a Flint man who authorities say was involved with training fighting dogs. Law enforcement officials  seized nearly 30 dogs, drugs and training equipment from his northside home earlier this year.

Marvin Allen Moore Sr., 47, is facing three felonies after the Genesee County Sheriff and county animal control raided two homes Seneca Street in May.

Moore’s son, Marvin Moore Jr., 27, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 in Genesee Circuit Court to failing to provide adequate care to 2-3 animals.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said one of the homes on the 3000 block of Seneca was used to breed the dogs while a vacant second house was used to train the animals.

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Marvin Allen Moore Sr.

“These animals were living in deplorable conditions,” said Pickell. “This is just despicable behavior.”

In the house where breeding was allegedly taking place, authorities discovered steroids used for soft-tissue wounds. In the training house, authorities found a number of syringes and training equipment, including a treadmill that authorities say the dogs were put on to be trained.

Authorities suspected that exposed wiring that was attached to the treadmill could be hooked up to live electrical wiring to shock the dogs while they were being trained.

The treadmill was covered with animal bite marks.

Pickell said blood and animal feces were strewn throughout both residences.

All of the animals seized were euthanized.

The elder Moore was arraigned by Flint District Judge Nathaniel C. Perry III Oct. 25 on charges of abandoning/cruelty to more than 10 animals, dog fighting and breeding/sale of fighting dogs.

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