Friday, March 10, 2017

A Brief Overview of Hawaii's Dog Fighting Laws

Frank Chenault of Big Sur, CA, formerly served Quantum Group in Santa Barbara as acquisition director. He now leads his own business in Big Sur, CA, Chenault Enterprises. Beyond his various outdoor interests, Frank Chenault is active with a number of international philanthropic initiatives. He is particularly passionate about combating dog fighting in Hawaii. 

As recently as 2010, Hawaii ranked among the worst states when it came to dog fighting legislation. In the summer of 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into action Senate Bill 1069, helping to significantly strengthen the state's penalties for individuals engaged in dog fighting and related activities. The bill, among other regulations, establishes the use of lost or stolen pets, known as bait dogs, to train animals for fighting as a Class C felony. Penalties range from up to five years in jail to a maximum fine of $10,000.

In addition to punishing individuals for the use of bait dogs, Bill 1069 allows law enforcement to arrest individuals for betting on dog fights or simply for attending as a spectator. Furthermore, the bill, which represents a collaboration between the Humane Society and local legislators, upgrades the crime of hosting or coordinating a dog fight on one’s property to the status of Class B felony, punishable by up to two decades in prison and $25,000 in fines.

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