KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FBI is investigating a possible illegal dog fighting ring that held fights at a vacant store in Raytown, and potentially other areas in the metro.

An informant tipped off FBI agents about the illegal fights after he said the organizer invited him to a fight in April.

The fight was held in a vacant store in a nearly abandoned strip mall north of East 63rd Street and Raytown Trafficway, according to a federal court affidavit.

The informant told agents there were about 60 people at the event and each paid a $200 entry fee. The informant also said the event had security at the door taking cell phones from those in attendance.

The affidavit shows the FBI believes the ringleader may be responsible for other dog fights in the metro since 2020.

Agents contacted Kansas City police about the man being investigated as a ringleader. The department said it was called to the man’s home multiple times because of neighbors complaining about dog fighting on his property.

During a call on May 16, 2020, police noticed a tent in the man’s backyard. Officers believed the tent was used as a dog fighting ring, or to train dogs to fight. Inside the tent, the affidavit shows officers found drops of blood on the tent and pieces of carpet soaked in what looked like blood.

Investigators visited the home of the man under investigation again in April 2022. They noticed several dogs in cages in the back yard and a device used to train dogs to bite hanging from a tree.

FOX4 is not using naming the person involved because he has not been charged at this time.

A spokesperson for the FBI referred us to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for comment.

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