Dog Fighting

Dog Fighting - It's Against the Law

Ingham County has zero tolerance for Animal Cruelty.

Dog fighting is a felony violation of the Michigan State Law and can be investigated by any Michigan Law enforcement agency.  Our Animal Control Officers investigate dog fighting.  Call (517) 676-8370 or our Dog Fighting Tip Line  (517) 676-8376.  You can leave a confidential message on the Dog Fighting Tip Line or you can email  Please leave the following information on the Tip Line:  house address or description, description of animals, description of individuals, description of vehicles, time and date of event.

Ingham County Animal Control - Enforcement Hours
Monday & Tuesday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday -Friday: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday & County Holidays: CLOSED

If the fighting is occurring after our regular operational hours, contact your local Police agency.

Dog fighters are often involved with gambling, drugs and prostitution.  Various police agencies will assist each other on a case.  It is important but not absolutely necessary you become involved.  When you call we can discuss the extent of your involvement Dog fighting affects us all.  Often the animals used to train fighting dogs are innocent pets stolen from neighborhoods.  The defenseless animals are used as bait, to taunt the aggressive fighting dogs to attack and kill.  The victims are often small breed dogs, cats and kittens.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these animals to be found or purchased through "free to good home" pet ads or stolen from their own front yards.

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