2017 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-608. Aggravated cruelty to animals -- Certain activities related to cockfights prohibited

  • (a) "Implement of cockfighting" defined. --
    • (1) In this section, "implement of cockfighting" means any implement or device intended or designed:
      • (i) to enhance the fighting ability of a fowl, cock, or other bird; or
      • (ii) for use in a deliberately conducted event that uses a fowl, cock, or other bird to fight with another fowl, cock, or other bird.
    • (2) "Implement of cockfighting" includes:
      • (i) a gaff;
      • (ii) a slasher;
      • (iii) a postiza;
      • (iv) a sparring muff; and
      • (v) any other sharp implement designed to be attached in place of the natural spur of a gamecock or other fighting bird.
  • (b) Prohibited acts. -- A person may not:
    • (1) use or allow the use of a fowl, cock, or other bird to fight with another animal;
    • (2) possess, with the intent to unlawfully use, an implement of cockfighting;
    • (3) arrange or conduct a fight in which a fowl, cock, or other bird fights with another fowl, cock, or other bird;
    • (4) possess, own, sell, transport, or train a fowl, cock, or other bird with the intent to use the fowl, cock, or other bird in a cockfight; or
    • (5) knowingly allow premises under the person's ownership, charge, or control to be used to conduct a fight in which a fowl, cock, or other bird fights with another fowl, cock, or other bird.
  • (c) Penalty. --
    • (1) A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of aggravated cruelty to animals and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both.
    • (2) As a condition of sentencing, the court may order a defendant convicted of violating this section to participate in and pay for psychological counseling.
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