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Dog Fighting Now a Felony in All 50 States

Wyoming is the 50th state to increase penalty for particpating in dog fighting from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Dog fighting is now a felony everywhere in the United States. On March 4, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed legislation that increased the penalty in that state for participating in dog fighting from a misdemeanor to a felony, making it the 50th state in the country to do so.

Idaho passed similar legislation just a week earlier.

“For many years, the American Veterinary Medical Association has recommended that animal fighting be considered a felony offense in this country, giving it the legal classification and punishment that a blood sport of this sort deserves,” said Adrian Hochstadt, assistant director of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at AVMA. “The AVMA condemns any and all events involving animals in which injury or death is intended.” <HOME>

Posted March 13, 2008, 2:27 p.m., EST

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