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NJ: NJ May Increase Penalties For Dogfighting

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By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 8, 2015

Tougher penalties may be on the way for those involved with staging dog fights in New Jersey.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean says his bill would add dogfighting to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted under the state's anti-racketeering and organized crime statues.

"Dog fighting is really only the most visible, most violent, most painful example of how these individuals cross state lines, cross town lines, whether it be through gangs, whether it be through other criminal activity, to use this violence to make a profit."

Union County Prosecutor Grace Park says people arrested at dogfights are often released on probation and the threat of higher penalties could convince them to cooperate with authorities in tracking down the operators of dogfighting rings.

“A guy who’s on the street and basically facing probation, he’s not to help us get into the enterprise that he’s a part of, and if you have a secondary crime involved and it being part of the RICO statue, it would help tremendously in gaining leverage for prosecutors.â€

Park says illegal activity is rampant at dogfights because people bring large amounts of cash to make bets and carry guns to protect their money.

NJ May Increase Penalties For Dogfighting | WBGO Jazz 88.3FM