Quick Hit: Maryland House Approves Increase In Penalties For Animal Fight Attendance

In a message I received this morning, Maryland Delegate Gerron Levi states:

“I wanted to write you all and let you know that the House Judiciary Committee voted out HB 719 with some amendments that increase penalties for the offense. Under the revised House bill, dogfight and cockfight attendance would remain a misdemeanor offense, but it would now carry a maximum one year jail term, increased from 90 days, or a maximum $2,500 fine, increased from $1,000. The bill has now passed the House of Delegates and awaits action by the State Senate.”

I am hopeful this will pass the state Senate. Maryland officials are, for the most part, in support of such legislation.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.

3 Responses to “Quick Hit: Maryland House Approves Increase In Penalties For Animal Fight Attendance”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    Remain a Misdemeanor. WHY WOULD IT REMAIN ONLY A MISDEANOR? Sounds like the powers that be WANT this offense to be mearly a slap on the hand. We’ll see if anyone who is caught in attendance at a Dog or Cock fight will be charged with the above mentioned fines and or jail time. FAT CHANCE.

  2. The Lioness says:

    I’m not happy with it either, but increasing the penalties is at least SOMETHING.

    ~The Lioness

  3. kaefamily says:

    I am wondering if there is such a legislation here in CA.
    Googling away …


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