Chapter 42 of the Texas Penal Code defines disorderly conduct and other related charges.
“Dog Fighting”, as per § 42.10 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly:
1. causes a dog to fight with another dog;
2. participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;
3. uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting;
4. owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting;
5. owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or
6. attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.
An offense under 4), 5) and 6) is a Class A misdemeanor.
An offense under 1), 2), and 3) is a state jail felony.
Severity of Crime
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement
State Jail Felony
Confinement in a state jail for not more than two years and not less than 180 days
In addition to confinement, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000