Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lawmakers Target Dogfights

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lawmakers Target Dogfights

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State lawmakers moved to formally ban dogfighting in New Jersey in one of five measures targeting animal cruelty that were approved by a pair of Assembly committees Thursday.

Though animal fighting is already against the law, the Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would specifically make dogfighting a third-degree crime, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000.

"Dogfighting is deplorable and should be prosecuted as a criminal act," Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, D-Englewood, one of the bill's sponsors, said.

The bill now heads to a vote of the full Assembly. It has yet to be introduced in the Senate.

Another bill that cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee would establish animal neglect as a disorderly persons offense and require people convicted of certain crimes involving animal cruelty to attend counseling. …

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