Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 28, 2012

State House votes against animal fights


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---- — LANSING (AP) — The Michigan House has approved bills that would strengthen penalties for organized animal fighting.

The House on Tuesday voted on a legislation that would declare properties involved in animal fighting to be a nuisance. It would allow authorities to padlock the property and pave the way for the seizure and sale of its contents.

The goal is to stem the rise of animal fighting rings and dog fighting, particularly in the Detroit area.

One House bill is the same as a Senate bill unanimously passed in September as part of a three-bill package.

Republican Sen. Rick Jones sponsored the Senate legislation. He said he expects Gov. Rick Snyder will sign the package.

Supporters include the Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan State Bar.

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