Thank you for contacting me about dog fighting.
This is a heinous crime that has been banned in this country for over 100 years. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and punishable by up to six months' imprisonment, an unlimited fine, or both. I also support the ban on owning or selling some types of dogs bred for fighting.
The police have powers to investigate allegations of dog fighting and have the power to arrest anyone suspected of being involved in this barbaric practice. People can be charged with causing, taking part in, attending or publicising an animal fight, receiving admission money or keeping equipment, premises or an animal to be used in a fight. This is a broad range of charges available to prosecutors, and naturally I would urge anyone with any relevant information to contact the police immediately.
The previous cap in the level of fine which can be levied on someone guilty of animal abuse was removed in 2015. I am pleased that sentencing policy for all offences is routinely monitored, including for animal welfare offences.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.