Tallahassee, Florida - May 5, 2011 -
A bill designed to make animals trained or used for dog fighting more adoptable is going to Gov. Rick Scott.
The House voted 99-17 for the measure (SB 722) on Wednesday. It
previously passed the Senate.
Fighting dogs no longer would be automatically classified as
Existing law puts special requirements on dangerous dogs. That
includes being registered and confined in securely fenced areas
posted with warning signs.
The bill also would let shelters adopt out dogs without
informing new owners of their fighting history.
Rep. Charles Van Zant, a Keystone Heights Republican, argued
against the bill. He said it makes no sense and "needs to die the
death of the fighting dog."
Supporters said the dogs would be evaluated for safety before
being adopted out.