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Three New Michigan Laws Crack Down on Dog Fighting

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 11:15am
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Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three new laws that send a clear message to dog fighters: Bloodsports are not welcome in the Great Lakes State.  

Animal fighting is a felony in Michigan, punishable by up to four years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines, and so is watching an animal fight. But these new laws crack down even further. Here’s how:

SB 356 allows local authorities to seize homes and automobiles associated with animal fighting.
SB 358 adds animal fighting, shooting and baiting to the list of racketeering crimes.
HB 5789 gives law enforcement the ability to shut down any venue found to be associated with animal fighting and declare it a nuisance.

Dog fighting is widespread in parts of the state, and experts have identified regions of the state as national hotbeds for animal fighting. That’s why we’re so glad Michigan decided to arm its officials with these new legal tools.

“We thank Governor Snyder for signing these critical measures to improve upon the existing law, making Michigan one of the toughest states on animal fighting,” says Vicki Deisner, ASPCA State Director of Government Relations for the Midwest.

Way to go, Michiganders! We’re one step closer to ridding the U.S. of dog fighting for good. Ready to help? Visit the Advocacy Center.

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cindy polcyn

i am so happy to hear that someone is taking dog fighting seriously!! i so approve of the tougher laws!! way to go michigan. whenever possible i hope this state also rehabs and re-homes these dogs and whenever possible makes the offenders pay the bill.

Heather

WOW WAY TO GO MICHIGAN I AM A HUGE BULLY FAN AND I FEEL THATS ITS ABOUT TIME THAT THESE LAWS PROTECT THE DOGS AND THE OWNERS NOW LETS SEE IF ANY OTHER STATE FOLLOWS THESE LAWS

Bonnie Dunlop

This is definately a HUGE step in the right direction! Thank you! I pray other politicians follow your lead. Now we also have to ensure there is adequate resources for police and prosecutors to enforce these laws.

Ben

Very happy to hear that more laws are on the books about dog fighting. Now make certain that the laws are strictly enforced and that those involved are strictly prosecuted and jailed.

Bob Davis

I wish every state would come down harder on these cruel, sadistic freaks....LOVINGTON NM, I know at the salvage yard there are dog fights.....GET THEM NEXT

Monique

At last someone is doing something about this cruel and ugly activity. Thank you from those of us who love all animals. I hope other states will follow this example.

Ritinha

I really wish they would it come with a new Law to Forbid Pitbull Killing in Shelters these Poor Pooches are A Big time Victim from Ignorant Pitbull Owners who should get more Educated how to raise a Pit dmwith Lots TLC so these Dogs would not have such a Terrible Reputation Thanks to to all the Money Hunger People who raise and push these poor Animal to become Agressive Breed and is they are always in the Spot light and getting the Wrong Judgement and consequently getting Kill just because they are considered a very Violent Breed and even got Banned in somw Ciuntries and I Pray to God here in USA they will not get banned because my Puppy Emma is just 2 Months old and she is the Sweetest Puppy ever eveb better than Labradors. She become extremely Happy to see People and Socialized with all kinds of People;0)

sharri cox

Thank You. I wish these stiffer laws against Dog Fighting would become a National Law. Wouldnt that be great. And a Law for Cruelty To Animals as well.

Stephanie

THANK YOUUU for making these laws stricter! Now if they could enforce them, then these laws could actually be worth something! EVERY STATE needs to do this!!!!!!!!! Dog fighting is ridiculous and disgusting and any one who participates is absolutely PATHETIC. Ugh!

TJF

Thank you for taking a stand against blood sports and dog fighting....now lets see if Philadelphia, New Orleans and Atlanta can follow suit...I read frequently that these areas are ALSO hot beds of dog fighting.

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