JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are giving more teeth to the state's penalties for dogfighting.
Senate Bill 2934 is awaiting Gov. Phil Bryant's signature or veto after Mississippi's House and Senate passed it Tuesday. The bill would make participation in dogfighting a felony offense, punishable by a fine up to $5,000.
Those who promote or stage fights, bet on fights, own a dog with intent to enter it into a fight or own dogfighting paraphernalia could be sentenced to between one and five years in prison. Repeat offenses are punishable by a fine between $5,000 and $10,000, and prison sentences between three and 10 years.
Dogfight spectators could also face felony charges and fines, and prison sentences up to one year.