“Man’s best friend” may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winning dogs may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.
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June 1, 2016
A federal investigation into suspected dogfighting operations led to the rescue of 66 dogs and the seizure of dogfighting paraphernalia at properties in New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.
April 15, 2016
The U.S. Sentencing Commission announced new guidelines to significantly increase the penalties for both dogfighting and cockfighting, bringing the penalties more in line with the 2014 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.
March 31, 2016
West Virginia Gov. Ed Tomblin signed a bill significantly increasing fines for participating in or attending an animal fight and enacting felony-level penalties for repeat offenders. HB 4201 also prohibits gambling on an animal fight, bringing a minor to an animal fight and possessing or training an animal for fighting.
March 14, 2016
With a vote of 31-2, the West Virginia Senate has passed legislation to upgrade the state’s law on dogfighting and cockfighting.