Hog-Dog Fighting Law & Legal Definition


Hog-Dog Fighting also called Hog-Baiting or Hog-Dog Rodeos is a blood sport in which a hog or feral pig is mauled by a trained fighting dog in an enclosed pen. Because its legality, as determined by state anti-cruelty laws, can be vague, many states, particularly in the American South where hog-dog fighting is more common, have passed laws specifically criminalizing it.

The following is an example of a state statute on the term:

"Any person who:

(a) owns an animal for the purpose of fighting or baiting;

(b) is a party to or causes any fighting or baiting of any animal;

(c) purchases, rents, leases, or otherwise acquires or obtains the use of any structure, facility, or location for the purpose of fighting or baiting any animal; or

(d) knowingly allows or permits or makes available any structure, facility, or location to be used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any animal is guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine of five thousand dollars or imprisoned for five years, or both.”[S.C. Code Ann. § 16-27-30]