Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ASPCA commends the U.S. Sentencing Commission for strengthening recommended penalties for convicted dog fighters

The ASPCA (commends the U.S. Sentencing Commission for voting today to strengthen federal sentencing guidelines for animal fighting, including enhancements that specify tougher penalties for extreme offenses.

The new guidelines raise the recommended sentencing range for animal fighting from 6-12 months to 21-27 months jail time — that’s a 250 percent increase in the minimum recommended sentence. The Commission also created a recommended sentencing range of 6-12 months for the new federal crime of bringing a child to an animal fight. 

Lastly, the revised guidelines explicitly state that causing harm to a large number of animals and performing acts of extraordinary cruelty to animals are grounds for imposing longer sentences.

The USSC proposed changes to the guidelines in January, and accepted comments from the public through March. 

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