Washington, DC Council Consider Passing Toughest Law in US Against Dog Fighting

If you live in Washington DC now is the time to call your Council Member and tell him or her that you want this law!...

Joy  |  Jun 6th 2007


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If you live in Washington DC now is the time to call your Council Member and tell him or her that you want this law!

Thanks to Tina, Stator and Roxy‘s furmom, for barking in this news from ABC 7.

D.C. Council Considers Tougher Dogfighting Laws
WASHINGTON – Wednesday June 06, 2007

District officials are considering passing one of the toughest dogfighting laws in the country. While participating in a dogfight is already a felony, members of the D.C. Council could make watching an illegal contest subject to five years in prison.

The council is hearing testimony Wednesday on changes to D.C.’s animal-cruelty laws. One measure would raise watching dogfights from misdemeanor to felony status.

Attending a dogfight is already a misdemeanor in the District, Maryland, Virginia and 25 other states. According to the Humane Society, owning dogs for fighting is a felony in most states.

According to Joan Shaffner of the George Washington University Law School’s Animal Welfare Project, District prosecutors would only have to prove a person was at a dogfight to win a felony conviction.