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.