Dogfighting bill passes Georgia House

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

January 16, 2008

ATLANTA, Ga.---Georgia now has one of the country's weakest laws against dogfighting, but that could be changing soon.

A Georgia House committee has approved new legislation. It says people who host dog fights or train dogs to fight could face felony charges. Right now, that's a misdemeanor penalty.

The proposal also makes it a felony to host or bet in a dogfight and sell, train, or transport fighting dogs.

The issue has been on the spotlight since suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was convicted on federal conspiracy charges relating to a dogfighting ring he financed. Vick is now serving a 23 month sentence in federal prison.

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  • by jp Location: augusta on Jan 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    dogfighting is carzy .if someone want to see a figth they need to fight them self
  • by Deb Location: Augusta on Jan 16, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    Dogfighting should carry a much higher penalty. Vick got off easy, 23 months is not even close to what he should have received. Not just him but any individual who would act in such a cruel and inhumane way towards a dog regardless of its breed. Not only should they serve jail time and be fined they need to be made to make monthly contributions to one of the numerous pet adoption groups.
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