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Cracking down on dog fighting: House Bill 408 gives law enforcement flexibility

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

FLOYD., Ky. (WYMT) - Cracking down on animal cruelty.

Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 408, giving law enforcement more flexibility to stop animal cruelty.

The bill would make it a felony to own dogs for the purpose of dog fighting.

Sheena Maynard and Megan Goble work for the Dumas Rescue group in Floyd County.

Both women gave this measure two paws up.

"These dogs are no different than any child on this earth," Sheena Maynard said. "They're here for us to protect and they're here for our love."

That is why Maynard said she cannot stand dog fighting.

"I would like to ask people how they would feel if they were in that position," Maynard said. "What if that was their child that was being forced to fight?"

The Dumas Rescue group tries to give abused animals a second chance.

"You see dogs that come in with the majority of their body covered in scars," Megan Goble. "They didn't get there for no reason."

Current Kentucky laws only allow officers to press charges if you catch someone in the act of dog fighting.

If passed the bill would let officers use dog fighting equipment, like weights and sticks typically used for training, as evidence in animal cruelty cases.

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