Florida Governor Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday new regulations on labeling former fighting dogs as dangerous. Now, dogs removed from fighting rings will not automatically be labeled as dangerous.
An ABCActionNews.com story includes a quote that makes an important point – that many dogs seized in raids are bait dogs and were never trained for fighting.
But as important is the fact the many dogs can and have been rehabilitated after being rescue from fighting operations – including many of Michael Vicks former dogs.
Dogs will still have to go through an evaluation process before being put up for adoption.
And in other legal news – In Hawaii, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law Tuesday that makes it a Class C felony to bet on or attend a dog fight.
A Star Advertiser story notes – “” The bill increases the penalty for anyone who owns, trains, equips, arranges and sponsors dogfights to a maximum fine of $10,000 and includes imprisonment of up to five years. “”