What are blood sports?

Blood sports like dogfighting and cockfighting involve pitting two animals against each other in a pen or on the street. Spectators often gamble on the events.

Where do they take place?

In urban areas, fights are typically held in warehouses, basements and abandoned buildings.

Are blood sports illegal?

Dogfighting and cockfighting are felony crimes in New Jersey. Each criminal conviction can carry up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000.

What should someone do if they suspect dogfighting?

Call the New Jersey SPCA at 800-582-5979 or file a complaint online at www.njspca.org/ report-abuse.htm Do not try to confront the person. Blood sports often attract people involved in other criminal activities.

— Source: SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States