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Georgia Men Indicted in Federal Dog-Fighting Case

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Atlanta, Ga. – A case originating out of Middle Georgia has made its way to federal court. The defendants in the case are not only facing state-level crimes but also charges of violating the Animal Welfare Act.

There were over fifty dogs seized on the man's property back in 2018. In today's post, I will focus on one of the state-level crimes the defendants are facing here in Georgia.

Dog Fighting in Georgia

The Georgia Code defines dog fighting as:

Any person who:

(1) Owns, possesses, trains, transports, or sells any dog with the intent that such dog shall be engaged in fighting with another dog;

(2) For amusement or gain, causes any dog to fight with another dog or for amusement or gain, causes any dogs to injure each other;

(3) Wagers money or anything of value on the result of such dog fighting;

(4) Knowingly permits any act in violation of paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection on any premises under the ownership or control of such person or knowingly aids or abets any such act; or

(5) Knowingly promotes or advertises an exhibition of fighting with another dog.

If convicted of dog fighting in Georgia, then the person will be guilty of a felony offense. The penalty can include up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000. 

Practice Note

There are many animal-focused crimes in the state of Georgia. These crimes include:

This list is not exclusive, but most people are unaware that these offenses even exist until they or a loved one is arrested and charged with one of them. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today.

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Richard Lawson

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