Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Teddy Kiriakidis, Ronald Creach, Michael Morgan, Robert Hackman plead guilty to dog fighting

By Mike Garrity

KSDK -- Four eastern Missouri men have been sentenced for federal crimes involving dog fighting.

The convictions resulted from the largest coordinated multistate raids on dog fighting in U.S. history.

Teddy Kiriakidis, 50, of Leasburg, and Ronald Creach, 34, of Leslie, were sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison.

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Morgan of Hannibal and 56-year-old Robert Hackman of Foley each were sentenced to one year in prison.

Each man pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Read the full article here.


  1. I'm sorry - but . . . .wasn't this the biggest bust in U.S history?
    Didn't this span across 8 states?
    Wasn't there about 500 dogs seized / rescued from this atrocity?

    Can we stop and tally up the costs involved in organizing such a bust, organizing such a rescue? All the time & money it takes to rehabilitate / rescue these dogs to give them the lives they deserve? The skill involved in working with these dogs and adopting them out?

    So I read only a $2,000 fine was going to one man?????

    How is it that our LARGEST DOG BUST IN HISTORY did not get the maximum penalty? ?!!!! Seriously!!


    I have to wonder what it would take to FULLY enforce the laws and issue maximum penalties.

    Forgive my frustration, this is still good news to have such recognition in this age old battle of ours, but *sigh* -

    I do get frustrated. I haven't even heard about the 500 dogs getting out and treated, yet the case is wrapped up and closed now?

    I know - I know - I want too much.

    I'll stop my rant and instead thank Missouri for being awesome, because those involved in bringing this to light and doing the right thing for our dogs are truly heros. Heros.

    And I also thank Our Pack for keeping us all informed, and keeping us all together. It is indeed, not just an important community,but also a beautiful and inspiring one.

    thank you.

  2. Thanks Ingrid! ....and frustration, understood!