DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Animal fighting contests. Defines "baiting" to mean: (1) attacking an animal with violence; (2) provoking an animal; or (3) harassing an animal with another animal; for the purpose of training the animal for or causing the animal to engage in an animal fighting contest. Makes it a Class C felony for a person to do the following: (1) Breed, transfer, or possess an animal for the purpose of baiting the animal or using the animal in an animal fighting contest. (2) Promote or stage a baiting or an animal fighting contest. (3) Allow property to be used to conduct a baiting or an animal fighting contest. (4) Use an animal in a baiting or an animal fighting contest. (5) Attend a baiting or an animal fighting contest. Makes possession of animal fighting paraphernalia: (1) a Class A misdemeanor if the possession is for the purpose of baiting an animal or with the intent to commit certain animal fighting offenses; and (2) a Class C felony if the possession is with the intent to commit certain animal fighting offenses and while also possessing a dog, cock, fowl, hog, or bird bearing an injury consistent with participation in or training for a baiting or an animal fighting contest. Makes neglect of a dependent a Class C felony instead of a Class D felony if the offense involves a violation of the law concerning animal fighting contests. Authorizes the seizure of money and property that is used by a person to commit certain offenses relating to animal fighting contests. Specifies that certain offenses relating to animal fighting contests are considered racketeering activity. Requires a court to order a person who is convicted of certain offenses concerning animal fighting to refrain from: (1) owning, harboring, or training an animal; or (2) residing in a dwelling with another person who owns, harbors, or trains an animal; for ten years after the person is sentenced. Repeals a provision that makes attending a fighting contest involving animals a Class A misdemeanor.