What is Dogfighting?
Dogfighting is a blood sport in which two dogs are forced to fight one
another for the entertainment and monetary gain of spectator-gamblers.
The fight usually involves two or more “game” dogs in a ring
or pit and will last from several minutes to two hours, ending when one
dog is declared a winner by killing or severely wounding the other dog.
Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states, despite that, people still hold
dogfights in abandoned buildings; back alleys; warehouses; the courtyards
of bars; in people’s backyards or garages, and other inconspicuous
places – locations that can be quickly evacuated if there is a raid
by law enforcement. Involvement in dogfighting in any way is subject to
prosecution. If you are charged with dogfighting, you need a
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from our team at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners.
Dogfighting is one of the most vicious acts of animal cruelty, from the
training and conditioning dogs for dogfighting to the actual fights themselves.
All involvement in these activities can result in prosecution under California’s
dogfighting laws, from allowing a person to host an event on your property
to taking care of game dogs for a friend. In addition, dogfighting is
often connected to other crimes such as criminal gang activity, possession
or sale of illegal drugs or firearms, and gambling. If you believe dogfighting
or game dog training in your neighborhood, contact your local law enforcement
Dogfighting is illegal in California, along with all other states in the US.
training a dog for dogfighting violates California law. You can be prosecuted even
if the dog doesn't participate in a dogfight. You can be charged if
you cause a dog to fight or injure another dog for entertainment or financial gain.
encouraging (aiding and abet) any behavior that furthers or supports dogfighting activities
Dogfighting may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on
your involvement with the animals and the fight activity. Felony charges
are punishable under
Penal Code section 597.5 by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If your involvement
is charged as a misdemeanor, you can serve up to 1 year in a county jail
and are subject to a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
Dogfighting is also a federal crime under the United States Animal Welfare Act, 18
Code section 2156 and is punishable by 5 years or more in federal prison and subject to
a fine, depending on the level of involvement and number of violations.
You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer If Charged with Dogfighting
If you are facing dogfighting charges, you need an attorney who will listen
to your side of the story. Let our Los Angeles animal cruelty defense
lawyers provide you with the strongest defense possible to fight these
charges. We have the experience and knowledge needed to defend you against
aggressive Los Angeles prosecutors.
Contact our team to
schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles animal cruelty criminal attorneys.