§ 603.072  Illegal Fights Between Animals
   (a)   No person shall cause, allow or permit any animal to fight another animal for gambling, entertainment or any other purpose, for profit or otherwise. The term "animal", as used in this section shall include, but not be limited to, fowl. This section does not regulate fighting between dogs as prohibited under RC Chapter 959.
   (b)   No person shall:
      (1)   Own, train, use, possess, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, transport, receive or deliver any animal intended for use in fighting, seizing, detaining, or mistreating an animal.
      (2)   Own, use, possess, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, transport, receive or deliver any equipment, including, but not limited to, gaffs, spurs, sparring equipment, performance-enhancing substances or syringes, intended for use in training, fighting, seizing, detaining or mistreating another animal.
      (3)   Knowingly permit any place under his or her control or possession to be kept, or used, for any of the purposes described in this section.
   (c)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of illegally causing, allowing, or permitting fighting between animals, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
   (d)   Any person who knowingly purchases a ticket of admission to an animal fighting venue, or is present at an animal fighting venue to witness an animal fight or for any of the purposes described in this section or to aid and abet the animal fight, is an aider and abettor, and shall be prosecuted and punished as if he were a principal offender.
(Ord. No. 1572-14. Passed 12-8-14, eff. 12-10-14)