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Is dog fighting against the law in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Apr 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yes. Dog fighting is illegal in Nevada under NRS 574.060 and 574.070. Dog fights are defined as matches between at least two dogs done for amusement, for gain, or for a show. Under Nevada dog-fighting laws, it does not matter whether neither of the dogs dies, if no one gambles, nor if no one comes to watch the fight...merely unleashing dogs to fight against each other is a crime.

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Dog fighting is prohibited in Nevada.

Additionally, Nevada law prohibits various actions connected to dog fighting including:

  • Having any connection with a location used for dog fighting;
  • Occupying a location while willfully allowing it to be used for dog fighting;
  • Facilitating dog fights;
  • Buing, selling, or training dogs to be used in fights;
  • Watching a dog fight.

However, Nevada law permits farmers and hunters to utilize dogs for livestock management and hunting, respectively.

Note that Nevada police can confiscate dogs if there is probable cause they are being exploited as fighting dogs. Also note that people who are allegedly violating Nevada dog fighting laws can be prosecuted under federal law as well. The primary defense to dog fighting charges is that the defendant had no criminal intent.

The penalties for dog fighting in Nevada depend on how involved the person was in carrying out the dog fight, and that person's criminal history. For example, a first-offense of watching a dog fight is a misdemeanor carring up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. Meanwhile, a third-time offense of participating in a dog fight is a category B felony carrying up to six years in Nevada State Prison as well as thousands in fines. Read more in our article, "Can I go to jail just for watching dog-fighting in Nevada?" Also refer to our article, "Is it a crime to leave a pet in the car in Nevada?"

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

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