Idaho Sen. pushes for state dogfighting ban
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A Senate panel on Monday unanimously backed
a bill to make dogfighting a felony and attending a dog fight a
misdemeanor, sending the measure to a full chamber vote.
Currently, only Idaho and Wyoming don't make dogfighting
operations a felony.
The bill comes after the dogfighting case involving Atlanta
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted of having a
dogfighting operation in Virginia.
In addition, there has been at least one confirmed case of
dogfighting in southern Idaho.
If the bill passes, holding dogfights could become punishable by
up to five years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
Senator Brad Little, the bill's sponsor, says he thinks
dogfighting operations will avoid Idaho if this is on the books.
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