2019 Mississippi Code
Title 97 - Crimes
Chapter 41 - Cruelty to Animals
§ 97-41-18. Prohibition against intentionally conducting fight between canine and hog; exceptions; penalties

Universal Citation: MS Code § 97-41-18 (2019)
  • (1) For the purposes of this section, “hog” means a pig, swine or boar.

  • (2) It is unlawful for any person to organize or conduct any commercial event commonly referred to as a “catch” wherein there is a display of combat or fighting among one or more domestic or feral canines and feral or domestic hogs and in which it is intended or reasonably foreseeable that the canines or hogs would be injured, maimed, mutilated or killed.

  • (3) It is unlawful for any person to organize, conduct or financially or materially support any event prohibited by this section.

  • (4) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any competitive event in which canines trained for hunting or herding activities are released in an open or enclosed area to locate and corner hogs, commonly referred to as a “bay event,” and in which competitive points are deducted if a hog is caught and held.

  • (5) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the lawful hunting of hogs with canines or the use of canines for the management, farming or herding of hogs which are livestock or the private training of canines for the purposes enumerated in this subsection provided that such training is conducted for the field using accepted dog handling and training practices and is not in violation of the provisions of subsection (1) of this section.

  • (6) Any person convicted under the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), imprisoned for not more than six (6) months, or both.

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