New dog, cock-fighting law takes effect - WNEM TV 5

New dog, cock-fighting law takes effect

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's the New Year and with that comes a new law cracking down on dog-fighting and cock-fighting.

Similar to drug and prostitution crimes, new penalties for the mistreatment of animals can land someone in prison for up to 20 years and fines costing up to $100,000.

Michigan State Senator Bert Johnson sponsored the bill and says the new penalties are the toughest in the country.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation last month.

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