Lawmaker Pushes Dogfighting Bill

ATLANTA (AP) _ State Senator Chip Rogers of Woodstock believes the tough federal sentence of Michael Vick will give a boost to his bill to combat dogfighting.

Georgia bans dogfighting, but only people caught in the act can be charged, and then only with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Georgia is also one of only three states, along with Idaho and Nevada, where it is not a crime to breed fighting dogs and one of only two, Hawaii is the other, where attending a dogfight is not illegal.

Rogers' proposal would also ban the breeding of dogs for fighting and make it a felony to attend a dogfight.

The Republican senator has been pushing a bill to make the state's dogfighting laws stricter for several years. His measure passed unanimously in the state Senate early this year. But the effort floundered in the House, where there was concern among rural lawmakers that the bill could affect hunting dogs.

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