Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 relating to dog fighting. Increases the penalty for attending a dog fight from a Class C to a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that if a person under 13 years of age is present at any dog fight, the parent, legal guardian, or other person who is 18 years of age or older who brings that person under 13 years of age to that dog fight is guilty of a Class 4 felony for a first violation and a Class 3 felony for a second or subsequent violation. Increases various other penalties by one class for promoting, conducting, or advertising a dog fight or for selling a dog to be used in a dog fight. Provides that it is prima facie evidence of a violation of these provisions that the offender possessed any treadmill wheel, hot walker, or other paraphernalia, together with evidence that the paraphernalia is being used or intended for use in the unlawful training of a dog to fight with another dog, along with the possession of any such dog. Provides that a law enforcement agency shall obtain evidence of a violation of these provisions as the agency deems appropriate through videotape, written police reports, or observation of activities occurring on the property or at the residence of an offender and shall use this evidence to train peace officers in recognizing violations.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 relating to dog fighting. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with the following changes: (1) restores penalties that are in current law but retains the new penalties for attending a dog fight, soliciting a minor to violate the statute, and for a minor under 13 years of age being present at a dog fight and (2) changes the prima facie evidence provisions to a fact finder may infer a violation of the statute from the evidence.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces the new inference and evidence collecting provisions. Provides that a violation of the dog fighting statute may be inferred from evidence that the accused possessed any device or equipment specified in the statute and also possessed any dog. Provides that when no longer required for investigations or court proceedings relating to the events described or depicted therein, evidence relating to convictions for violations of the dog fighting statute shall be retained and made available for use in training peace officers in detecting and identifying violations of the dog fighting statute. Provides that such evidence shall be made available upon request to other law enforcement agencies and to schools certified under the Illinois Police Training Act.