Missouri man pleads guilty in dogfighting case

ST. LOUIS | A 50-year-old eastern Missouri man arrested in a multistate dogfighting crackdown has pleaded guilty.

Teddy Kiriakidis of Leasburg entered the guilty plea today in fedeal court in St. Louis to one count of dogfighting conspiracy. Sentencing will be in December.

Three other eastern Missouri men — 55-year-old Robert Hackman of Foley; 34-year-old Ronald Creach of Leslie; and 38-year-old Michael Morgan of Hannibal — also are expected to enter guilty pleas today.

Twenty-six people were charged and more than 500 dogs were seized in July following raids in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.

One other suspect, 35-year-old Jack Ruppel of Eldon, pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to dogfighting-related charges.