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“Dogfights” are defined as matches between at least two dogs done for:
Under Nevada dogfighting laws, it does not matter whether neither of the dogs dies, if no one gambles, or if no one comes to watch the fight. Merely unleashing dogs to fight against each other is a crime.1
Additionally, Nevada law prohibits various actions connected to dogfighting, including:
having any connection with a location used for dogfighting,
occupying an area while willfully allowing it to be used for dogfighting,
buying, selling, or training dogs to be used in fights, and
watching a dogfight.2
However, Nevada law permits farmers and hunters to utilize dogs for livestock management and hunting.
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 dogfighting laws can be prosecuted under federal law.
Can I get busted for "dog fighting" in Nevada?
2. Can a defendant raise a legal defense?
Yes. The primary defense to dogfighting charges is that the defendant had no criminal intent.
3. What are the penalties”?
The penalties for dogfighting in Nevada depend on:
how involved the person was in carrying out the dogfight, and
that person’s criminal history.
For example, a first offense of watching a dogfight is a gross misdemeanor carrying up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $2,000 in fines.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.