Bill would toughen Kentucky's dogfighting ban

Posted at 8:45 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 20:45:44-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a bill aimed at putting more bite in Kentucky's laws against dogfighting.

Kentucky already outlaws the actual act of dogfighting, but it's the only state that doesn't outlaw activities contributing to the blood sport.

The measure, Senate Bill 14, approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday would expand the law to make it a felony to breed, possess, train or sell dogs for the purpose of dogfighting.

The committee's chairman, Sen. Paul Hornback of Shelbyville, has worked with animal-rights and sportsmen's groups since last year, trying to develop a bill acceptable to both.

Some animal-rights activists raised concerns the version approved by the committee is overly broad, creating potential loopholes for those wanting to supply fighting dogs.