Vote to pass a bill that prohibits attending a dogfight and increases penalties for dogfighting violations.
- Finds that anyone who knowingly attends a dogfight as a spectator is guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature [sec. 1 (c)].
- Finds that anyone intending to fight their dogs, running dogfights or betting on a dogfight is guilty of a felony punishable by one to five years in prison and/or a fine of not less than $5,000 [sec. 1 (b) (4)].
- Increases penalties for second or subsequent convictions of orchestrating a dogfight to one to ten years in prison and/or a fine of not less than $15,000 [sec. 1 (b) (4)].
- Permits for dogs who were subjected to fighting to be impounded [sec. 1 (d)].
- Allows for the continued use of dogs for aiding in lawful hunting and fishing activities, agricultural purposes and law enforcement [sec. 1 (e)].
- This is a substitute bill offered by the House Judiciary Committee (Non-Civil).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.