(03/07/2016)
Animal lovers in West Virginia are hoping a bill that increases the penalties for animal fighting will make it through this session, but right now, it sits stalled in the Senate.

Dog fighting reared its head in Calhoun County in 2010, when Edward Berrera was charged with breeding dogs to fight.

READ: 2010:   DOG FIGHTING EQUIPMENT CONFISCATED FROM BARRERA PROPERTY - Bloody Pit Bull Fighting On Property?

It's already illegal to fight animals in West Virginia. This bill would increase penalties for first time offenders and would add a penalty for those who bet on fights.

If someone is caught fighting animals in West Virginia, they face a misdemeanor charge. House Bill 4201 would change the penalty to a felony, something many think should already be in place.


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