2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-607. Aggravated cruelty to animals -- Certain activities related to dogfights prohibited

  • (a) "Baiting" defined. -- In this section, "baiting" means using a dog to train a fighting dog or to test the fighting or killing instinct of another dog.

  • (b) Prohibited activities. -- A person may not:

    • (1) use or allow a dog to be used in a dogfight or for baiting;

    • (2) arrange or conduct a dogfight;

    • (3) possess, own, sell, transport, or train a dog with the intent to use the dog in a dogfight or for baiting; or

    • (4) knowingly allow premises under the person's ownership, charge, or control to be used to conduct a dogfight or for baiting.

  • (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:

      • (i) order a defendant convicted of violating this section to participate in and pay for psychological counseling; and

      • (ii) prohibit a defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal for a specified period of time.

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