Senior Pentagon official Frederick Moorefield has been arrested and charged with promoting and furthering a dogfighting ring. Moorefield, who served as the deputy chief information officer for command, control, and communications for the Secretary of Defense’s Chief Information Office (CIO), was arrested alongside his longtime friend Mario Flythe. Flythe allegedly admitted participation in the dogfighting activities.
According to court records, investigators found evidence at Moorefield’s house, including battery jumper cables believed to have been used to execute dogs, as well as five pit bull-type dogs. Five more pit bull-type dogs were found at Flythe’s house. During a raid conducted by the FBI, the Department of Agriculture, and other local and federal agencies, weighted collars, heavy metal chains, and an apparatus used for involuntarily inseminating female dogs were also discovered. Stains consistent with bloodstains from dogfights were found as well.
Both Moorefield and Flythe were released after being arraigned. The Department of Defense has confirmed that Moorefield is no longer in the workplace, but further details regarding his employment status were not provided. The FBI has been investigating the dogfighting ring, known as the “DMV Board,” for several years. Members of the ring were found to have exchanged messages related to training fighting dogs, arranging fights and wagers, and discussing methods to kill dogs that lost fights.
Moorefield has reportedly been involved in dogfighting since at least 2002. Flythe and Moorefield were also experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs to improve their chances of winning dogfights. Complaints about both individuals have been received by Anne Arundel County Animal Control over the years. In November 2018, the county animal control was alerted to the discovery of two dead dogs located six miles from Moorefield’s home.
The investigation into this dogfighting ring is ongoing, and further legal proceedings are expected.