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Feds offer stiffer penalties for animal fighting events

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The feds are cracking down with stiffer penalties for anyone caught at animal fighting events.

New federal law makes it a misdemeanor to attend fights involving dogs and roosters. That means up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. The punishment is even worse for bringing a child to these brutal events. It's a federal felony charge that can land you up three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"It is not at all unusual to see children at the pit, handling birds, handling money, laying bets," said Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama Director of the Humane Society of the U.S. "If you want to take the risk of participating in criminal activity, then you have pretty much accepted the risk that you might be the next person arrested."

Dog fighting has been a problem in Alabama. The second largest dog fighting bust in U.S. history will go to trial this May in Montgomery. 367 dogs were seized in the raid stretching from Mississippi to Georgia.

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