Lawmakers passed legislation to increase criminal penalties for dog fighting.
Senator Bob Dearing (D) – Natchez, sponsored the bill.
“We gladly welcome Mississippi’s increased penalties for dog fighting which will protect our communities and help deter future cruelty crimes,” offered Doll Stanley who leads In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign.
The legislation follows raids on dog-fighting rings in Adams, Rankin and Madison counties.
Advocates met strong opposition at the Capitol this year. The bill passed just before the end of the legislative session.
As of July 1, people convicted of involvement in dog-fighting in any way will be subject to fines from $1,000 to $5,000 and a potential five-year jail term. Subsequent offenses carry enhanced penalties.