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CA: Anti-dog fighting bill moves forward

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    It's Politics: Ron Calderon's anti-dog fighting bill moves forward

    Posted: 07/03/2009 07:07:54 AM PDT

    Tuesday was a good day for state Sen. Ron Calderon.

    His long-sought after bill to require forfeiture of property and proceeds used in dog fighting took another big step forward when the Assembly Public Safety Committee approved it on a 7-0 vote.

    SB 318, which already has been approved by the Senate on a 36-2 vote, next goes to the Appropriations Committee.

    "The goal is to create a financial disincentive for the insidious crime of dog fighting," said Calderon, D-Montebello.

    But putting more people in prison won't work because the jails are full, he said.

    "A measure proposing incarceration doesn't make it out of this committee," he said. "We decided to hurt criminals where it hurts and that's their pocketbook."

    Opposition to the bill has disappeared after he agreed that forfeiture will no longer apply to money spent promoting and facilitating dog fighting.

    Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, said the bill has more safeguards than normal asset forfeiture laws.

    For example, if a grandson was holding dog fights at his grandmother's house, the property wouldn't be subject to forfeiture, he said.

    Calderon said that dog fighting is an increasing problem with as many as 40,000 people involved in the crime in the country.

    In addition, 250,000 dogs die every year, he said.

    It's Politics: Ron Calderon's anti-dog fighting bill moves forward - Whittier Daily News
  2. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    There is just something not right about this.

    How will they prove the money was won or used in dog fighting? Just sounds like another way for the govt. to take away your property.

    Dog fighting is a felony. Isn't that enough?
  3. simms

    simms Good Dog

    No Jean it is not enough. They want to detour you from owning this breed all together. To much public out cry for these damn dogs to ban them. Seems this is the alternative.

    Hope the ppl of california look at the laws for intent and parphinalia.
  4. shortbedder

    shortbedder Puppy

    anti-dog fighting bill

    This is one more way the (communist) can seize property. They are bankrupt don't you know.

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