An officer at the Pentagon has been charged with running a cruel dogfighting ring.
Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr., 62, was arrested for promoting animal fights after a search of his house in Maryland.
Investigators found pups being kept in dingy kennels, performance-enhancing steroids and jumper cables that were presumably used to electrocute the dogs if they lost a fight.
Moorefield is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications, for Office of the Secretary of Defense.
The Arnold, Mayland resident named his operation "Geehad Kennels." Mario Damon Flythe, 49, of Glen Burnie, was also charged.
According to an affidavit, the two exchanged encrypted messages to coordinate dog fights and discussed ways to avoid getting caught.
"Yo that mutt quit 50 mins," one of the messages read, with an angry face emoji.
"F*** these dogs," read the reply.
A search of Moorefield's and Flythe's homes uncovered 12 dogs, a blood-stained carpet, veterinary steroids, training schedules, and jumper cables used to kill the dogs, as well as a weighted dog vest with a patch reading “Geehad Kennels."
Animal control discovered the bodies of two dogs in plastic bags with mail addressed to Moorefield's home, which led to an investigation.
“The distribution and number of recent and healed dog bite wounds (scars) present on both dogs was consistent with organized dogfighting,” an FBI agent wrote. "Based on this information, I believe that Moorefield sponsored each of these dogs in a dogfight."
Inside Moorefield's home, investigators found pit bulls in cages in a "windowless room in the unfinished portion of (his) basement," jumper cables covered in dog hair and blood, and a device used to involuntarily inseminate female dogs - which Moorefield described as his "hoes."
“The room holding the seized dogs contained items generally used to train dogs for fighting, including weighted collars and heavy metal chains,” the affidavit read.
The Pentagon said that Moorefield is "no longer in the workplace" and that they are aware of the criminal complaint.
“We can confirm that the individual is no longer in the workplace, but we cannot comment further on an individual personnel matter,” a statement said.
Moorefield and Flythe made their initial court appearance on September 28. They were released under supervision, and each is facing up to five years in prison.