On Tuesday, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill that will let prosecutors treat any organizers of dog fighting as legitimate mobsters, as well as some tough, new laws for anyone who's caught abusing animals.
Our only question is - what took so long?!
“Dog fighting is deplorable and should be prosecuted as a criminal act. Unfortunately, New Jersey has seen far too many cases of this kind of criminal treatment toward animals in our communities. It’s time to strengthen state law by imposing stronger penalties for dog fighting and its ring leaders.”
And here's what an assemblywoman said:
“All too often, there are accounts of animal cruelty, including the discovery of dog fighting rings that seek to profit from this heinous act. Investigations by law enforcement show there is often a connection between those who coordinate and oversee this inhumane act and organized crime.”
Under this dog fighting bill - anyone convicted of being part of a dog fighting ring may be sent to prison for 3-5 years and face a $15,000 fine. Any leaders of dog fighting networks convicted will face 5-10 years and may face fines up to $150,000!!!
We certainly hope this puts an end to dog fighting organizations!!!
Go New Jersey!
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