Someone Someone can be charged with felony dog fighting if they do any of the following:
* Trains any dog with the intent that the dog will be used in a dog fight;
* Allows any of the above to be done on any premises under his/her charge or control; or
* Aids or abets any of the above.
California Penal Code section 597.5 is a felony. It carries a penalty of up to three years in state prison, a fine of up to $50,000, or both.
Additional criminal charges could be for intentional cruelty, animal neglect (e.g.: in instances where dogs have been injured in a fight and not taken for medical treatment or where any of the dogs at the scene are simply neglected (untreated skin conditions, underweight, ear infections, severe flea infestation, etc.). It is also possible to charge for Practicing Veterinary Medicine Without a License.