Indiana Lawmakers Seek Tougher Dog Fighting Laws

Dog FightingTwo Indiana lawmakers are seeking to strengthen Indiana’s laws regarding dog fighting. Sen. Jim Arnold and Democratic Rep. Linda Lawson were prompted after the Michael Vick case.

Sen. Arnold said he wants to make Indiana’s dog fighting laws the strictest in the nation. Currently, according to the Humane Society of the United States, Indiana placed 25th in toughness. (HSUS also stated that 40,000 people nationally participate in dog fighting contests in organized ways.)

Democratic Rep. Hammond said she would advocate for stronger dog fighting legislation in the House during the 2008 session.

Under current Indiana law, it is a Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine to use an animal in a fighting contest, promote animal fighting or buy or possess animals for fighting contests.

Sen. Arnold is proposing to make those crimes Class C felonies which would carry maximum sentences of up to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Attending a dog fight would go from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony.

Currently, possessing animal fighting paraphernalia is a class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine) for a first offense and Class A misdemeanor (up to one year in jail and $5,000 fine) for subsequent offenses. Arnold proposed to make it a Class A misdemeanor every time.

Arnold said his proposal would cover all animal fighting, but his main focus is on dog fighting. He is also proposing that people who have been convicted of dog fighting offenses would be banned from owning any animal for ten years.

Source: Indy Star

Photo: Undercover TV

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4 Responses to “Indiana Lawmakers Seek Tougher Dog Fighting Laws”

  1. nora says:

    I must commend Arnold, Lawson and Hammond. Their compassion, vigilence and determination regarding this glaring issue is a shining example of what we are really looking for in our movers and shakers in the political world. “BULLY” for them!!!!!

  2. catmom5 says:

    I hope this is simply the first of a long list of states that pass some tough animal fighting laws ~ and then enforce them! Way to go, Indiana! Now if we could get them to work on puppy and kitten (and likely rabbit) mills we’d be even happier.

  3. Lynn says:

    Thank you Arnold and Lawson for understanding the far-reaching implications of this horrible act and pressing forth to create a law that will punish.

    Listen up, all other states whose laws do not include one of this nature. Look at what’s happening in this country.

    Personally, I’d like to see all the states get into a little friendly competition to see who can add the most years and heftiest fines to their dogfighting law.

  4. nora says:

    And getting back to puppy and kitten mills. Too bad they cannot be completely wiped out and outlawed, because they should. And no pet shops who sell mammals should be allowed to operate in that capacity either, EVER. Only the shops who sell pet food and supplies and help to find rescued cats and dogs their loving, forever homes. The selling of purebred show and companion animals should be left to only the responsible breeders who are well known and trusted, and they are out there.


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