Dog Fighting Sentencing Gets Serious

by Mary Haight on January 8, 2011

Dogfighting has been a tough crime to get any significant jail time on, but those days seem to be over.  Sentencing got serious is 2009 when a VA jury asked that a dogfighter be given 10 years for his crime, and they got what they requested along with a $6500 fine. For background details on this story, check this post at Ohmidog.

Florida animal cruelty investigators have  been trying to put Maurice Bayless, someone who has traveled to Puerto Rico and South America to fight dogs, behind bars for ten years. They got some satisfaction late Friday when, after prosecuting the case for three years, Judge William Fuente sentenced Bayless to two-and-a-half years in prison, with two-and-a-half years of parole. His girlfriend was sentenced to 364 days in jail and 5 years parole.

Dog fighter sent to prison: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

 

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11 comments
Kim
Kim

This dog fighting sentencing is another step to give us hope but I pray for the day that all of these types of horrific crimes and abuses against animals are on the federal level with longer mandated sentencing. Of course the best thing that could happen, albeit probably not in my lifetime, is for animals to not be considered property. When that happens all sorts of abuses will not be tolerated and will be easier to prosecute.

Carol'sCritterCorner
Carol'sCritterCorner

I hope people who fight dogs start getting time for their crimes. It's about time that this crime be given more time in jail and more time in the news. It's so violent a crime as all crimes are but they are against such innocent lives, ones that can't help themselves. May there be more compassion against our four legged best friends.

Peggy
Peggy

The recent football games have at least led to some good conversations between myself and my son about Vick and his punishment. My son says that Vick is also required to do community service. I wonder if it's making any impact?? Unbelievably, I read that Vick is actually thinking about getting a pet dog. And what to millions of dogs across the country say to this? "Meow."

Mel
Mel

Too bad this new change didn't happen when Vick was committing his crimes. Let's hope this change in sentencing for dog fighting continues. p.s. I like Eric's comment. So true.

egoebelbecker
egoebelbecker

See what happens when you don't play football?

Animal Defender
Animal Defender

Only wish judges here in Illinois were tougher on this. There was a case in 2008, in which three men were arrested at a dogfight in progress in Chicago. They were photographed IN THE RING! The judge just wanted to give probation on it....in fact I think that was the plea deal in exchange for surrender of the dogs, and the defendants paying for the dogs to go to a rescue. All three were convicted in the past for animal cruelty and dogfighting, so this was a pretty serious crime with some good jail time as mandated by law. But no...they get to be free and walk our streets. So where is the deterrent to others engaged in this activity? Do a horrible act of violence, and get slapped on the wrist?

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  1. […] Dog fighting kills.  This Google app, by whatever name, is a tutorial offering advice on how to breed, train a dog to fight, even unqualified medical advice to feed your dog steriods, and how to teach dogs to kill.  Not only should Google ban the app and all others like it from their sales page, someone ought to take those who who wrote it to court.  They are nothing if not criminals and accessories to multiple crimes and sentencing for dog fighting should be tough. […]

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