Is Dogfighting Legal in Los Angeles?

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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 agency immediately.

California Law

Dogfighting is illegal in California, along with all other states in the US. Owning, possessing, keeping or 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. Aiding, promoting or encouraging (aiding and abet) any behavior that furthers or supports dogfighting activities will result

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 United States 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.

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