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Dogfight watching penalties (new law)

Published (5/30/2008)
By Craig Green
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Dogfighting and cockfighting are illegal in Minnesota. Anyone who practices pitting pets against one another, trains the pets, takes admission to the fights or allows others to use their premises for the games is guilty of a felony.

Effective Aug. 1, 2008, anyone who buys a ticket to the fights is guilty of a gross misdemeanor, previously a misdemeanor offense.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. Leo Foley (DFL-Coon Rapids), the new law also clarifies that the penalties do not apply to hunting a wild animal.


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