House passes legislation to criminalize possession of animal fighting equipment

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Chris Sainato joined his colleagues in the state House today to unanimously pass legislation that would make it a crime to possess equipment used in animal fighting.


“Pennsylvania prohibits animal fighting, so it makes sense to extend our laws to ban equipment used in this barbaric activity,” said Sainato, D-Lawrence.


Sainato added that the legislation would help hold offenders accountable in cases where law enforcement is not able to arrive while an animal fight is occurring, but later find equipment used for animal fighting


Under H.B. 164, possessing animal fighting paraphernalia would be a third-degree misdemeanor, carrying a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of $2,500.