Prosecutors Guide For Dogfighting - Animal Law Source

Prosecutors Guide For Dogfighting

Prosecutors Guide For Dogfighting

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Why Prosecute Dogfighting?


Dogfighting can be a “gateway crime”


Dogfighting destabilizes communities


What makes dogfighting prosecutions difficult?


Dogfighting cases frequently involve multiple defendants


Dogfighting raids usually involve multiple law enforcement units and result in multiple charges


Dogfighting actions involve living evidence.


Dogfighting actions often involve substantial asset seizures.


Dogfighters are often well-funded and well-informed about other prosecutions.


What options are available for housing animals seized in dogfighting cases pending trial?


Voluntary Surrender


Declaration of Animals as Abandoned


Declaration of Unfit Owner


Impound on Premises


Bonding Provisions


Destruction of fighting animals as contraband


Does successful prosecution require catching dogfighters in the act?


What charges are typically brought in dogfighting cases?


What additional charges can be filed in a dogfight case?


Animal Cruelty


Possession of Dogfighting Paraphernalia


Crimes against Property Larceny


Damage or Destruction


Use of dogs to attack, harm or interfere with Law Enforcement


Obstructing Governmental Administration


Dangerous/Vicious Dog Laws


Endangerment Laws


Professional Licensure Issues


Disposition of Dead Animals


Miscellaneous Local Laws


What evidence is most effective in building a case against dogfighters?


Care and condition of the dogs


Direct evidence of a fight operation


Presence of dogfighting paraphernalia


Other records


Contacts with other dogfighters


What obstacles to successful prosecution are commonly encountered?


Care and condition of the dogs


Direct evidence of fight operations


Presence of dogfighting paraphernalia


“Accidental” Presence at a Dogfight


Other common defense arguments


Controversy over ownership


Lack of evidence of current dogfight activity


What are the desired result s of a successful prosecution?


Penalties Incarceration and Fines


Forfeiture of Dogs


Restitution


“No Animal” Orders


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