Push Stricter Sentencing for Dog Fighters

Pit Bull Fighting Dog

Target: Chief Judge Patti B. Saris & U.S. Sentencing Commission

Goal: Implement harsher sentences for individuals who engage in dog fighting.

Dog fights are a rampant form of inhumane gambling. They have been a persistent problem for years, despite the offense being a felony. While many dog fighters are arrested every year, there has been little to no progress made in eliminating them. Indeed, it could be argued that regardless of the felony charge, there hasn’t been a marked decrease in dog fighting rings at all.

Many cities ban pit bulls and will force owners of pits to euthanize their dogs, all in an effort to “stop” dog fighting. This is little more than punishing the victims of these fights and doing nothing to stop fighters from forcing other breeds into the ring.

One way to help reduce the number of dog fights, and people fighting dogs, is to enforce longer sentences for those convicted. As it is now, violators can be sentenced a maximum of five years. However, as current federal guidelines classify dog fighting as “gambling,” most sentences are only six months to one year. This is hardly a slap on the wrist considering the lives lost in these fights.

Organizations like the ASPCA are fighting for stricter sentencing guidelines and we can help them. Help take people involved in dog fights off of the streets for longer periods of time with sentences that fit the abuse these individuals exercise on dogs. Following the ASPCA recommendation of a minimum 21 to 27 month sentence, with hopes for higher sentences for more extreme cases, let us propose the same.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Judge Saris,

Despite the fact that dog fights put the health and lives of those dogs in danger, the practice is still only charged as gambling. This is almost like saying the loss of a dog’s life is equivalent to monetary loss such as an individual faces in a casino.

In light of recent upgrades to animal cruelty laws and sentencing, I believe it only right that stricter sentences be enforced on dog fighters. These people intentionally raise and abuse these animals, so that they may turn a profit on their death and/or injury. It is a barbaric and inhumane practice, and should be treated as more than just a gambling infraction.

Stricter sentencing for dog fighters will not eliminate dog fights altogether, but it will help keep these individuals off the streets and away from animals. Increasing the minimum sentence recommendation from six to 12 months to 21 to 27 months, and longer for more extreme cases, would be a big step in curbing the actions of these criminals.

Please consider how many animals may be spared the brutality of such a lifestyle by ensuring dog fighters receive punishment that fits the gravity of their crimes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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9 Comments

  1. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This is a sick sport! Poor dogs are abused, like in horrible condition’s, live in pain every day from their battle wounds, then when they no longer win, they are brutally killed or thrown away like trash! Also, it teaches kids that its ok to fight animals and abuse them. Pure greed drives this industry and it needs to stop!!!! Harsher punishments, prison time. This is what needs to be done!

  2. Since animal’s are living breathing creatures with feelings just like humans, if a dog dies it should be murder charges and if it doesn’t die it should be attempted murder. Period. No room for discussion.

  3. Catherine Dugan says:

    Dog fighting should be outlawed in all states and the human participants should be jailed for a long time! And after they are released, they need to have no interaction with dogs!

  4. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Americans spend billions of dollars on their pets. Most people do not want to see animals mistreated. Please represent them and legislate accordingly.

  5. Gene Sengstake says:

    More strict punishment? You mean like Michael Vick? 21 months in prison and now he is back on the football field – a star as far as football fans are concerned. That bastard – and don’t excuse my English – should have been deported for his part in the dog fighting arena – but to where? Oh I’m sure there are others of his kind that would have taken him. He is one sick SOB – and people really think he has had a change of heart? He is just sorry he got caught. He is a good actor. So what does his story say about the sick society we are a part of? That dog fighting is “still” alive and well – a reality that we choose (???) to live with – – –

  6. Heather Brophy says:

    Patti, WE PAY YOU, DO YOUR JOB STOP AND OUTLAW THE DOG FIGHTS OR YOU’RE NO BETTER THAN THE SCUM PUTTING THEM ON!

  7. this is so sad an sadistic. it literally make me ill. ban dog fighting in all countries and a severe jail sentence should be given for those who have a hand in these cruel antics.

  8. THESE SICK AND TWISTED SO CALLED HUMAN BEINGS NEED SHOOTING, SUCH LOW LIFE SCUM ALL OF THEM, WHAT A WASTE OF AIR ON SUCH SCUM

  9. Neville Bruce says:

    Throw them in the pit, just for a while.

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