Georgia One Step Closer to Tougher Dogfighting Laws

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on March 13, 2008

Georgia senators unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to attend a dog fight or breed dogs for fighting. In addition, the Senate added a provision to the bill passed by the House that mandates dogs seized in fighting cases be spayed or neutered. Before this bill becomes a law, the House must approve that change and Governor Sonny Perdue must sign it.

Last August, in the wake of the Michael Vick dogfighting case, ALDF approached Georgia legislators and asked them to back a proposed law that, if in place, could send dogfighters to jail for up to 20 years on a first conviction. Virginia recently passed a similar bill authored by ALDF, giving prosecutors increased power to go after dogfighting operations as organized criminal enterprises.

On March 4, Wyoming was the last state to sign legislation making dogfighting a felony. This new legislation makes this gruesome crime a felony in all 50 states.

With these recent victories, it is abundantly clear that America is finally taking a strong, very necessary, stand against dogfighting. Let’s keep the good momentum going!