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Dog Fighting in Texas

It should come as no surprise that dog fighting is illegal in Texas. Dog fighting is defined as a situation where a person causes one dog to fight another dog.

The most obvious violation of this statute is just that – causing a dog to fight another dog. The dog fighting statute is broader than that violation.  If a person receives earnings as a result of dog fighting, they, too, are guilty of the offense. Further, if a person operates a facility which is used for dog fighting, they have also violated the statute.  It is also illegal to own a dog with the intent of using it to fight. Similarly, individuals who train dogs for dog fighting violate the law.  Finally, even spectators can be charged under Texas’ dog fighting statute.

Individuals who own or possess dog fighting equipment, for the purpose of training dogs for dog fighting, or to otherwise advance dog fighting are guilty under the statute.  Dog fighting equipment includes equipment used for both training or handling dogs designated to fight.  This can include harnesses, treadmills, cages, decoys, pens, feeding apparatus, and houses designed for keeping fighting dogs, as well as training pens.  It also includes the equipment necessary for transporting a fighting dog, including cars, trailers, etc.  Additionally, equipment used to promote or advertise dog fighting, including printing presses, other similar equipment, paper, ink, etc., are considered “dog fighting equipment.”  Finally, the dog itself, if trained, being trained, or kept with the intent of fighting other dogs can be considered dog fighting equipment.

What is the punishment for Dog Fighting?

Dog fighting is classified either a state jail felony or a Class A misdemeanor.

 [/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Penal Code Section 42.10″ open=”false”]DOG FIGHTING.

(a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:

(1)  causes a dog to fight with another dog;

(2)  participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;

(3)  uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting;

(4)  owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting;

(5)  owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or

(6)  attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.

(b)  In this section:

(1)  “Dog fighting” means any situation in which one dog attacks or fights with another dog.

(2)  “Dog-fighting equipment” has the meaning assigned by Article 18.18(g), Code of Criminal Procedure.

(c)  A conviction under Subsection (a)(2) or (3) may be had upon the uncorroborated testimony of a party to the offense.

(d)  It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(1) that the actor caused a dog to fight with another dog to protect livestock, other property, or a person from the other dog, and for no other purpose.

(e)  An offense under Subsection (a)(4), (5), or (6) is a Class A misdemeanor.  An offense under Subsection (a)(1), (2), or (3) is a state jail felony.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]

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[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Penal Code Section 42.10″ open=”false”]DOG FIGHTING.

(a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:

(1)  causes a dog to fight with another dog;

(2)  participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;

(3)  uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting;

(4)  owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting;

(5)  owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or

(6)  attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.

(b)  In this section:

(1)  “Dog fighting” means any situation in which one dog attacks or fights with another dog.

(2)  “Dog-fighting equipment” has the meaning assigned by Article 18.18(g), Code of Criminal Procedure.

(c)  A conviction under Subsection (a)(2) or (3) may be had upon the uncorroborated testimony of a party to the offense.

(d)  It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(1) that the actor caused a dog to fight with another dog to protect livestock, other property, or a person from the other dog, and for no other purpose.

(e)  An offense under Subsection (a)(4), (5), or (6) is a Class A misdemeanor.  An offense under Subsection (a)(1), (2), or (3) is a state jail felony.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]