Gov. Snyder signs bills to increase penalties for dog fighting

Gov. Snyder signs bills to increase penalties for dog fighting  


LANSING— State Sen. Rick Jones announced on Thursday that Gov. Rick Snyder signed a series of bills that increases penalties for those who engage in dogfighting. 
“This package of legislation sends a clear message that dogfighting will not be tolerated in Michigan,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

The legislation is a bipartisan effort between Jones, Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, and Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township.

Jones’ measure, Public Act 350, would subject the property of a person convicted of being involved in animal fighting to forfeiture.

PA 351, sponsored by LaFontaine, would allow the place where the illegal conduct took place to be declared a nuisance, allowing local authorities to padlock the property.

Bieda’s bill, PA 352 , would subject the groups that engage in animal fighting for material gain to prosecution under the racketeering (RICO) statute, which could result in longer prison sentences and/or greater fines.

All three bills are strongly supported by the Michigan Humane Society, American Humane Society and the Animal Law Section of the Michigan State Bar.