Animal Writes
From 26 September 2004 Issue

Update: Alabama Hog-Dog Fighting Conviction 

We are happy to report a victory in the animal cruelty case against Johnny Hayes, a Clarke County man who conducted hog-dog fighting events on his property. On Thursday (9/9), Hayes was found guilty of animal cruelty for organizing competitions where trained hunting dogs viciously attack penned, feral pigs for the entertainment of spectators. At sentencing (stay tuned for the exact date), Hayes faces 30 days in jail for his misdemeanor animal cruelty conviction.

Hayes' conviction is significant because it is the first animal cruelty conviction in Alabama for hog dog fighting and it makes it clear that this barbaric activity is illegal in the state. The repercussions of the Hayes conviction are already being felt. Just one day after the conviction, a major hog-dog fight operation, "Double-P Catch Pen," took down its promotional website.

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