According to the Humane Society of the United States:
Although all states have laws against dogfighting, some of those laws are not strong enough. Dogfighting is a felony in 48 states, but is only a misdemeanor in Idaho and Wyoming. In Georgia, Idaho and Nevada, possession of dogs for fighting is legal, while it is a misdemeanor in four other states (possession of dogs for fighting is a felony in 43 states). In Georgia and Hawaii, it is legal to be a spectator at a dogfight. In 26 states, spectators can be charged with a misdemeanor crime; in 22 states it is a felony. A strong federal law that addresses dogfighting, possession, and spectators, will further crack down on this criminal activity. (HSUS)
The Dogfighting Hot Line (1-877-847-4787) is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States.
- You can receive an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter.
- All information is kept confidential; no one will know you’ve called.
- The line is answered 24/7.
- You can leave a message, talk to an investigator, or get their e-mail address and leave your own.
- If a dogfight is in progress, immediately call the police, 9-1-1. Then call the hot line.
Much more information on dogfighting is available on the following websites.