A Dog Fighting Case That Reads Like A Crime Novel

Some of the animal welfare cases I have been involved in take quite a bit of detective work. Still, this dog fighting case involves a murder, a fugitive and a dog sperm bank. I never had to work with anything like that:

Sam Steel, arrested Monday by the FBI near Atlanta for a 2011 murder in Kalamazoo, has ties to at least one of the men arrested for dog fighting…

…feeling he’d been robbed of something, shot and killed Milo Conklin. Steel is a suspect, but police did not have the evidence they needed to arrest him…

…Control served a warrant on Steel at his home on Douglas Avenue charging him with keeping and breeding fighting dogs…

…A few weeks ago, (sperm bank officials) made contact with the officer and they told her (Steel) had been trying to contact them several times to move the sperm out of state,” Lawrence said. “They had the phone numbers he called from.” 

Those phone numbers were given to the FBI Fugitive Task Force, and on Monday Steel was taken into custody because of the trail he left behind as a dog-fighter…’

Pretty incredible story. The moral is, if you want to escape Law Enforcement, don’t go coming back for your left-behind sperm bank deposit. Should be a lesson to all of us, really.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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