- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Dog fighting and leading a dog-fighting network could soon be explicitly outlawed in New Jersey.

The state Senate voted Monday to approve a measure making dog fighting and leading such a network illegal.

Current law lists animal fighting as a third-degree criminal offense.

The legislation would also classify leading a dog-fighting network as a racketeering crime. It would be punishable by five to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.

The bill also explicitly rules out two possible defenses. The measure says it’s not a defense if the dog is intended to be transported to another state or if a defendant is under someone else’s supervision or management.

A similar bill has been introduced in the Assembly.

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