NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Tougher penalties are being proposed for people involved in dog fighting in Mississippi.
Democratic state Sen. Bob Dearing of Natchez says he is already receiving bipartisan support for a bill he will sponsor in 2018.
The Natchez Democrat reports that Dearing explained his proposal during a public hearing Monday, weeks after local authorities broke up a dog fighting operation.
Dearing’s bill would punish the fight organizers with a fine of $1,000 per dog and a one-year prison sentence per dog up, for to 25 years.