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Authorities, Humane Society to crack down on cockfighting

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 10/10/2013 6:59 am
LAS VEGAS — State and local officials, along with The Humane Society of the United States, will conduct a news conference today to promote the new law making cockfighting a first-offense felony and explain how they will use The HSUS’ tip line and $5,000 animal fighting reward program to investigate and prosecute animal abusers.

State Sen. Mark Manendo, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The Humane Society of the United States will participate in the news conference at Metro headquarters, 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd.

The new law, which went into effect on Oct. 1, makes cockfighting a felony on the first offense, and makes Nevada the 37th state with such a statute. First-offense felony laws in states are crucial because cockfighters seek out states with the weakest laws to carry out their abusive practices.

Three other states have felony penalties for repeat offenses (making 40 total with felony penalties), and 10 other states only have misdemeanor penalties, including Utah.

The HSUS offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting or cockfighting. Anyone with information about illegal animal fighting in their area should call The HSUS’s animal fighting tip line at (877) TIP-HSUS, and their information will be kept confidential.

— From news release
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