A senior Defense Department officer allegedly organized a barbaric dogfighting enterprise, using jumper cables to put animals to death when they lost these vicious fights, according to court documents.

The man has been identified as Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr.

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Who is Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr.?

Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr. is 62 years old and serves as the Pentagon’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, and communications. He has been charged with “promoting and furthering animal fighting venture,” as stated by the Maryland US Attorney’s Office on Monday.

According to allegations, Moorefield Jr. participated in dogfighting while working as a civilian for the Defense Department. According to his LinkedIn profile, he started his career in October 2008 when he took on the position of director of strategic planning for the Air Force Spectrum Management Office.

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Before taking on his current duty in March 2020, Moorefield held a number of leadership positions over the years within the Pentagon. In addition, according to his profile, he spent nine years in the Air Force until leaving the service in 1998.

The investigation was started in 2018 to look into Moorefield, who ran a dogfighting business under the name “Geehad Kennels” (a homophone for “jihad”). According to a recently disclosed affidavit in the case, this came after two dead dogs were found in plastic bags with mail addressed to his home in Arnold, Maryland.

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An FBI agent in an affidavit said, “The distribution and number of recent and healed dog bite wounds (scars) present on both dogs was consistent with organized dogfighting.”

The dogs’ causes of death could not be determined with certainty by veterinary medical examiners, but the investigator is of the opinion that Moorefield killed the dogs himself, as described in the report if they did not pass away in a struggle.