Blumenthal calls on Congress to combat dog fighting 'scourge'

Blumenthal’s comments came after the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI seized 367 dogs in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. He said it was the second-largest dog fighting raid. Ten suspects were arrested and more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities was seized over the course of the investigation.

Blumenthal said he hoped the raid would “build momentum” for his bill, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.

“This dramatic raid and rescue show that the tragic scourge of animal fighting is sadly still alive and spreading across the country,” Blumenthal said. “It shows that even stronger measures are needed to stop this scourge — a blood sport supported by spectator dollars, linked to illicit gambling, drug dealing and other criminal activity.”

Blumenthal’s bill, S. 666, would outlaw spectators’ willful attendance at organized animal fights and would impose additional penalties on individuals who bring a minor to a fight.

Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), John Thune (R-S.D.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are co-sponsoring the bill. 

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