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Fact Sheet

Updated September 2009

Dogfighting: State Laws

Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and the interstate transportation of dogs for fighting purposes is prohibited by the federal Animal Welfare Act. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit the possession of dogs for fighting; and 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands prohibit being a spectator at a dogfight. State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine3 Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey3 New Mexico New York North Carolina
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Dogfighting: on the Law Books 3-1-29 11.61.145 13-2910.01 to 02 5-62-120 597.5 18-9-204 53-247 11 Del.C. § 1326 § 828.122 § 16-12-37 § 711-1109.3 § 25-3507 § 720 ILCS 5/26-5 § 35-46-3-4 to 9.5 § 717D.1 to 6 § 21-4315 § 525.125 to 130 14:102.5 17 MRS §1033 Criminal Law, §§ 10605 & 607 Ch. 272 § 94 to 95 § 750.49 § 343.31 § 97-41-19 § 578.025 § 45-8-210 § 28-1005 § 574.070 § 644:8-a § 4:22-24 § 30-18-9 Agr & M § 351 § 14-362.2 § § § § § § §

Dogfighting: a Felony or a Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony

Loophole: Possession of Dogs for Fighting Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony2 Felony Felony Felony Misdemeanor Felony

Loophole: Being a Spectator at a Dogfight Felony Misdemeanor1 Felony Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony2 Legal Misdemeanor Felony Misdemeanor Felony2 Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Felony Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Felony Felony Misdemeanor Felony Misdemeanor Legal Felony Felony4 Felony Felony Felony Misdemeanor Felony

A second or subsequent offense is a misdemeanor. A second or subsequent offense is a felony. 3 These states do not have felony or misdemeanor offenses per se, but have felony and misdemeanor equivalent penalties.

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State North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Dogfighting: on the Law Books § 36-21.1-07 § 959.15 to 16 21 § 1694 to 1699.1 §§ 167.365 & 167.370 18 Pa.C.S. § 5511 § 4-1-9 to 13 § 16-27-10 to 80 § 40-1-9 to 10.1 § 39-14-203 § 42.10 § 76-9-301.1 13 VSA § 352 § 3.1-796.124 § 16.52.117 §§ 61-8-19 to 19b § 951.08 § 6-3-203 Dogfighting: a Felony or a Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony 50 Felony Loophole: Possession of Dogs for Fighting Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Felony Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Felony Misdemeanor Felony Felony 47 Felony 3 Misdemeanor Loophole: Being a Spectator at a Dogfight Misdemeanor Felony Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Felony4 Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Felony Felony Felony Misdemeanor Misdemeanor Misdemeanor 27 Felony 21 Misdemeanor 2 Legal Felony Legal Felony Misdemeanor Felony

Washington, DC American Samoa Guam Puerto Rico Virgin Islands

DC ST § 22-1015

Felony Legal Felony Felony Felony

Felony Legal Felony Legal Felony

9 GCA § 70.11 15 LPRA § 235 VI St T. 19 § 2613a

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A third or subsequent offense is a felony.