relating to animals; changing provisions prohibiting animal fights and possession
of certain items; imposing penalties;amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section
343.31, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 343.31, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Penalty for animal fighting; possessing animal fighting devices;
1.8attending animal fight.
A person who (a) Whoever does any of the following is guilty of
(1) promotes, engages in, or is employed in the activity of cockfighting, dogfighting,
or violent pitting of one
domestic pet or companion
animal as defined in section 346.35,
against another of the same or a different kind;
(2) receives money for the admission of a person to a place used, or about to be
used, for that activity;
(3) willfully permits a person to enter or use for that activity premises of which the
permitter is the owner, agent, or occupant; or
(4) uses, trains, or possesses a dog or other animal for the purpose of participating
in, engaging in, or promoting that activity.
1.19 (b) Whoever possesses any device or substance with intent to use or permit the use
1.20of the same to enhance an animal's ability to fight
is guilty of a felony.
A person who
1.21 (c) Whoever
purchases a ticket of admission or otherwise gains admission to
activity of cockfighting, dogfighting, or violent pitting of one pet or companion animal as
1.23defined in section 346.35, subdivision 6, against another of the same or a different kind
guilty of a gross
2.1(d) This subdivision shall not apply to the taking of a wild animal by hunting.