(1)(a) No person shall cause, sponsor, arrange, hold, or encourage a fight between animals for the purpose of monetary gain or entertainment.
(b) For the purposes of this section, a person encourages a fight between animals for the purpose of monetary gain or entertainment if he or she:
(I) Is knowingly present at or wagers on such a fight;
(II) Owns, trains, transports, possesses, breeds, sells, transfers, or equips an animal with the intent that such animal will be engaged in such a fight;
(III) Knowingly allows any such fight to occur on any property owned or controlled by him;
(IV) Knowingly allows any animal used for such a fight to be kept, boarded, housed, or trained on, or transported in, any property owned or controlled by him;
(V) Knowingly uses any means of communication for the purpose of promoting such a fight; or
(VI) Knowingly possesses any animal used for such a fight or any device intended to enhance the animal's fighting ability.
(2)(a) Except as described in paragraph (b) of this subsection (2), a person who violates the provisions of this section commits a class 5 felony and, in addition to the punishment provided in section 18-1.3-401 , the court shall impose upon the person a mandatory fine of at least one thousand dollars.
(b) A person who commits a second or subsequent violation of this section commits a class 4 felony and, in addition to the punishment provided in section 18-1.3-401 , the court shall impose upon the person a mandatory fine of at least five thousand dollars.
(3) Nothing in this section shall prohibit normal hunting practices as approved by the division of parks and wildlife.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the training of animals or the use of equipment in the training of animals for any purpose not prohibited by law.
FindLaw Codes are provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading online legal research system. For more detailed codes research information, including annotations and citations, please visit Westlaw.
FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.