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Dogfights January 14, 2008 4:25 PM This year animal welfare advocates are seeking stricter laws relating to dog and cock fighting. The Richmond SPCA has partnered with various other animal welfare groups to propose three pieces of legislation. They hope these bills, if adopted, will make Virginia a safer and more humane state. The proposed legislation includes: a bill to make cock fighting a felony, a bill to make both attending a dog fight and taking a minor to a dog fight a felony, and a bill to apply all of the criminal provisions regarding dog fighting to other types of animal fighting. Those behind these bills think it's the perfect time to get them passed. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LINK FOR MORE INFO, INCLUDING A VIDEO OF THE NEWS BROADCAST. THERE IS ALSO INFO ON HOW TO HELP, AND A SEMINAR TAKING PLACE JAN 15 (TOMORROW) IN RICHMOND. Please crosspost where appropriate.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Fight Ring February 01, 2008 4:34 PM

January 30, 2008 DALLAS The Associated Press reported today that 11 people have been arrested in association with a rural dogfighting ring. Following an anonymous tip, authorities with the Marion County Sheriff's Department were able to raid a home during a fight. Eleven dogs were found on the premises and in vehicles outside the home. Two dogs were in the midst of fighting when authorities entered and as of Sunday were listed in critical condition with the SPCA of Texas. The sheriff's report says 11-15 people were present when authorities entered the home last Sunday. Four were able to escape into a nearby wooded area, but 10 others were taken into custody on animal cruelty and criminal activity charges. An eleventh was charged with failure to identify herself to police. The man who hosted the illegal fight, Tyrone Eugene Luster, faces three charges; cruelty to animals/organized criminal activity, tampering with physical evidence and a felon in possession of a firearm. Luster's bail has been set at $500,000. The nine others' bail was set at $50,000 each they face one count each of cruelty to animals/organized criminal activity. If you'd like to help find homes for the dogs mentioned in this story, go to Tell us what you think under this story. Post your favorite pet videos at the zootooTV tab. E-mail us your story ideas at or call us at 877-777-4204.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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