Michigan’s new dogfighting law leading the way

Michigan is leading the way in the fight against dog fighting by enacting what one lawmaker calls the toughest laws in the country prohibiting dogfighting and cockfighting. The new law allows dogfighting and cockfighting to be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise, similar to how prostitution and large drug operations are charged.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the new legisdolation into law on December 12th. Under the new law, those charged with dogfighting can face spending 20 years in prison and being fined up to $100,000. “Michigan is out ahead on this one,” said Vicki Deisner of the ASPCA.

The new law has not only greatly increased the penalties for those caught running dogfighting operations, but gives authorities more power against these operations. Police will now be able to seize homes and vehicles associated with animal fighting. They will also be able to shut down venues declaring them a nuisance.

Dogfighting has been on the rise in Michigan. The Michigan Humane Society investigates animal abuse in the Detroit area and in the first nine months of 2012 they received 112 complaints about dog fighting. Last year they had received 113 for the entire year. The new sweeping legislation hopes to change these numbers in 2013.


  1. Sandy says on  01/02/2013 at 8:35 am

    Every state needs to do this. Way to go Michigan!!!

  2. Pedro says on  01/02/2013 at 10:33 am

    Good for Michigan. Why other states don’t follow ASAP is puzzling and a sad state of affairs.

  3. threenorns says on  01/02/2013 at 11:03 am

    GOOD! and it’s about bloody time!

  4. Anonymous says on  01/06/2013 at 8:44 am

    Way to go Michigan hope some of the other states will now follow suit

    • twosearch4u says on  01/06/2013 at 8:49 am

      I for got to put something in here on the last reply comment Way to go Michigan maybe some of the other states will now follow suit how about it Tennessee

  5. Anonymous says on  01/07/2013 at 6:22 pm

    Sadly, in the same Michigan lame duck session they rammed through changing the gray wolf in the state to a game animal, so that will provide some hundreds or thousands of people who enjoy slaughtering canines with an alternative outlet. And they only charge the lucky hunter $100.

    Gray wolves are intelligent, social animals, not game animals. Members of extended families depending on each other for everything from food to wisdom to pack birth control. They are the animal ancient man was fated to domesticate first because nearly all tamed unconfined ones and naturally wary wild ones could be trusted near children they were guarding, giving us the dogs we have.

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