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Michigan Lawmakers Approve Animal Fighting Bills

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The Michigan House approved a series of bills that will strengthen penalties for organized animal fighting.

The House on Tuesday is voted on a legislation that declared properties involved in animal fighting to be a nuisance. It will 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 Senator Rick Jones sponsored the Senate legislation. He says he expects the House will pass it and Governor Rick Snyder will sign the package.

The Humane Society praised the passing of the bills. Jill Fritz, the Michigan state director for the Humane Society of the U.S. said in a release, "While dogfighting is widespread in parts of Michigan, it is clear that the state legislature and many in law enforcement are dedicated to coming up with solutions to save animals from a cruel death in the fighting pits."

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

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