Albert "Al" White: Guilty
UPDATE 03/13/09: Albert "Al" White -- a formerly alleged dogfighter that Stop-BSL.com openly provided donations to -- recently pleaded guilty to a slew of serious charges. White was ordered to serve 10 years in prison followed by another 10 years on probation. The charges to which White pleaded guilty include: 25 counts of dogfighting, 21 counts of cruelty to animals, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and six counts of child molestation.
The case against White originally began as a dogfighting investigation, but after charges were filed and White was jailed, information was provided to the district attorney’s office that led to opening an investigation of possible sexual crimes. Those crimes spanned a period of over seven years with two separate victims. Upon learning about the sexual crimes, the founder of Stop-BSL.com, Allie Renar, still supported White. She cracked the charges up to "slander."
Prior to the recent news article about White, members at Game-Dog.com -- a forum linked to dogfighting -- had already learned about his conviction. One member even mentioned Stop-BSL.com's fundraising effort for him. On March 6th, user Jefferson wrote: "i thought he should be supported. I saw stop-bsl.com was raising money for him so i supported him because i thought that meant he was a good man. i wish they had told me about this child rape crap."
12/24/08: Advertisements Donated to Group
A separate entity placed the Stop-BSL.com ads in the Fall edition of Scratch Back magazine, as well as for the full year. The Stop-BSL.com Discussion Forum provides a reference to this (4-3-08). Stop-BSL.com appears enthusiastic about the donation, but does not name the "generous donor." A separate post on the same forum (5-3-08) shows that Stop-BSL.com had been raising funds for Boudreaux prior to his acquittal of 48 counts of dogfighting.
In a subsequent blog post to our own (at United We Bark), Stop-BSL.com claims to "not subscribe" to Scratch Back magazine or "know the details of its contents." It matters less where the content was published: Scratch Back or Readers Digest. What matters the most is the content itself, which clearly shows that donations were given to four alleged dogfighters. The fact that it was published in Scratch Back just makes the content all the more damning.
Stop-BSL.com Gives Donated Funds to Alleged Dogfighters
12/22/08 | A website devoted to stopping communities from enacting breed-specific laws -- Stop-BSL.com -- has been giving parts of donations received to persons charged with dogfighting. The Internet WHOIS records show that the website is registered to Allie Renar who operates the Northern Light Kennels in Spokane, Washington. In September, she was briefly interviewed by kxly.com about a proposed pit bull ban in Spokane.
Presumably, funds given to Stop-BSL.com are designed to stop pit bull regulations, not intended to help alleged dogfighters. It seems unlikely that the organization's "honored donors" shown on the website would wish to be affiliated with them. The persons Stop-BSL.com has given donations to aren't your everyday alleged dogfighters either. Three were involved in one of the most extensive dogfighting raids in the history of the U.S., the Pima County raid in February 2008.
Pages from the Fall 2008 issue of Scratch Back Magazine were recently sent to DogsBite.org. It appears that Stop-BSL.com has two pieces in it, one on page 55 and the other on pages 70-72. The group also placed 2 full page ads in the issue. The second story mentions donations given to the following alleged dogfighters: Terry "T.L." Williams, Robert "Bobby" Smith, Albert "Al" White and Juan "Rudy" Verdin. Since the publication of the Fall issue, Verdin has pleaded guilty to several charges.
(page 70) "I am writing to update interested parties on the recent activities of www.Stop-BSL.com. We raised a combined $432.00 at our last two raffles. Some of this money was donated to TL Williams and Bobby Smith."
(page 71) "Donations totaling $236.00 from Northern Lights Kennel have purchased leashes and fire hose tugs for the above raffles. They have also supported donations to Al White and Rudy Verdin."
(page 55, page 72) Both articles are clearly signed as Allie Renar with the contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the pit bull forum called Game-Dog.com, a forum mentioned in a news article about the Pima County dogfighting raid, a user named "StopBSL" identifies oneself as, "I am the webmaster of Stop-BSL.com." On the same day Floyd Boudreaux was acquitted of dogfighting charges in Louisianna, the person actively solicited donations for him. Stop-BSL.com certainly seems to have a keen interest in helping high-profile alleged dogfighters.
(10/15/08) "Email us if you would like to donate to Mr. Boudreaux to help with his past and present legal fees because of this fiasco! -email@example.com"
It has long been suspected that some anti-BSL groups have had connections to dogfighters given that they share the common goal of keeping pit bulls unregulated. The Scratch Back and Game-Dog.com examples show that Stop-BSL.com donated to, or solicited funds for, persons who were charged with dogfighting. In the instance of Boudreaux, he had just been aquitted (10/15/08), but one is still left to question the true purpose of the organization.
Alleged and Convicted Dogfighters
From left: Juan Verdin, Terry Williams, Robert Smith and Floyd Boudreaux.
Terry "T.L." WilliamsPending: Williams was arrested along with Verdin and Smith in the Pima County raid. Williams reportedly operated the All American Dog Registry (AADR). Investigators said that breeders of fighting dogs used the website to get the registration papers to prove a dog's bloodline. Williams was charged with one count of dogfighting and 24 counts of animal cruelty.
Robert "Bobby" Smith
Convicted: Smith was indicted on two counts of dogfighting and 15 counts of animal cruelty. In September 2009, Smith pleaded guilty to one count of animal neglect for not caring for one of his pit bulls with rotting teeth. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed all other charges due to his declining health. Smith was sentenced to three years probation.
Acquitted: Floyd Boudreaux, an internationally known breeder of pit bulls, and his son, Guy Boudreaux, each faced 48 counts of dogfighting. The two were arrested in 2005 after Louisiana State Police executed a search warrant at Floyd’s home. Both men were acquitted after the judge said the prosecutor failed to provide enough evidence against them.
Convicted: Albert "Al" White is currently being held in the Fannin County Jail on charges of 25 counts of felony dogfighting, 21 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. White is additionally charged with rape, statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation and aggravated sodomy.
10/10/08: Boudreaux Father and Son Finally Face Dogfighting Charges
03/12/08: Bloodsport Bust: Alleged Bloodsport Breeds Charged
02/28/08: Bloodsport Bust: Investigators Continue to Build Case