A Pentagon official has been charged with running a dogfighting ring for more than 20 years that saw animals electrocuted after grim battles held at his home.
Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr., a deputy chief information officer in the Department of Defense, hosted gamblers at his property in Arnold, Maryland, according to court documents.
He was arrested Thursday along with his friend Mario Damon Flythe, 49.
During a search of Moorefield’s home, investigators found five pit-bull type dogs in cages, bloodstained walls and furniture and a set of jumper cables that were allegedly used to electrocute surviving dogs after fights.
Police also found an apparatus used for involuntarily inseminating female dogs, veterinary medicine including an anabolic steroid and Moorefield’s iPhone which contained messages consistent with his involvement in dogfighting.
Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr., a deputy chief information officer in the Department of Defense, hosted gamblers at his property in Arnold, Maryland, according to court documents
According to the affidavit, Moorefield, Flythe and their associates used encrypted messaging applications to discuss training the animals, exchanging grim videos and laying down bets.
Moorefield used the name ‘Geehad Kennels’ and Flythe used the name ‘Razor Sharp Kennels’ to identify their respective dogfighting operations.
During the search of Moorefield’s home they found a weighted vest with ‘Geehad Kennels’ on it and a training schedule.
They observed dark stains on the walls of the basement that appeared to be dog blood and large wooden panels with similar stains and dog hair.
During the search they recovered a section of grey carpet with dark stains consistent with blood stains from multiple dog fights.
Authorities seized seven pit-bull type dogs from Flythe’s Glen Burnie home. During their search they found dogfighting paraphernalia including weighted collars and a carpet mill.
Court documents state that during the search of Flythe’s home he admitted to participating in dogfighting in the past.
The affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Ryan C. Daly indicated they have been investigating a dogfighting ring which called itself ‘the DMV Board,’ for years.
Nine members in the ring were indicted in Virginia last year and as part of their cooperation showed authorities Telegram app messages between members of the ring.
Investigators also found the dogfighters used an online site to the pedigrees of their fighting dogs.
Entries on the website found dogs claimed to be owned by Moorefields alias ‘Geehad Kennels’ dating back to 2002.
In November 2018, Anne Arundel County Animal Control responded to a report of two dead dogs in a plastic dog food bag.
Upon investigation, authorities found mail inside the bags addressed to Moorefield and wounds and scarring patterns on the dogs that were consistent with dog fighting.
LCDR Tim Gorman, spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of Defense said the department is aware of the matter.
‘We can confirm that the individual is no longer in the workplace, but we cannot comment further on an individual personnel matter,’ said Gorman.