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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-655 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF ENGAGING IN A HOG-DOG FIGHTING EVENT OR A HOG-DOG RODEO, TO DEFINE THE TERMS "HOG-DOG FIGHTING EVENT" AND "HOG-DOG RODEO", AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 17, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-17-655. (A) As used in this section, 'hog-dog fighting event' or 'hog-dog rodeo' means a staged fight between a hog and a dog when five or more spectators are present, the hog is attacked by a dog in a fenced area, and the tusks of the hog have been sawed off.
(B) A person who engages in or is present at a hog-dog fighting event or a hog-dog rodeo is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.
(C) A person charged with a violation of this section may not claim that they are training a dog to hunt boar in the wild as a defense to prosecution pursuant to the provisions of this section if the incident meets the definition of a 'hog-dog fighting event' or a 'hog-dog rodeo' as provided in subsection (A)."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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