Most crimes related to animals are charged under the Cruelty to Animals statute in Denver, Aurora, Castle Rock and across Colorado. However, there is a specific criminal law related to animal fighting. A Weld County man is facing 47 counts Animal Fighting along with charges of Animal Abuse after police were called to his residence. Deputies found evidence of cockfighting, including 47 roosters and fighting paraphernalia. He was also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and while no specific details were provided as to why, it seems likely that he had children aiding him with his cockfighting ring.
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Douglas County Animal Fighting Lawyer: Definition of Animal Fighting in Arapahoe County
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Animal Fighting – C.R.S. 18-9-204 – is:
“(1) (a) No person shall cause, sponsor, arrange, hold, or encourage a fight between animals for the purpose of monetary gain or entertainment.
(b) For the purposes of this section, a person encourages a fight between animals for the purpose of monetary gain or entertainment if he or she:
(I) Is knowingly present at or wagers on such a fight;
(II) Owns, trains, transports, possesses, breeds, sells, transfers, or equips an animal with the intent that such animal will be engaged in such a fight;
(III) Knowingly allows any such fight to occur on any property owned or controlled by him;
(IV) Knowingly allows any animal used for such a fight to be kept, boarded, housed, or trained on, or transported in, any property owned or controlled by him;
(V) Knowingly uses any means of communication for the purpose of promoting such a fight; or
(VI) Knowingly possesses any animal used for such a fight or any device intended to enhance the animal's fighting ability.”
Because the man was in possession of many animals, one of which was injured, and had devices intended to enhance the animal's fighting ability, he is facing this crime.
Sentence for Animal Fighting in Jefferson and Adams County
Animal Fighting is a class 5 felony in Adams and Jefferson County, punishable by 1 to 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and at least $1,000 in fines. A second or subsequent offense is a class 4 felony, punishable by 2 to 6 years in DOC and at least $5,000 in fines.
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