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Animal rights activists rally to support anti-dog fighting bill

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Animal rights activists gathered at the Kentucky State Capitol Thursday in support of anti-dog fighting legislation filed by Shively lawmaker.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Democrat, has proposed greater punishments for people who breed dogs to fight.

Animal advocates said at the rally that Kentucky's dog fighting laws are the weakest in the country.

"There are a lot of bad things happening to animals out there for which people are not being prosecuted, and they need to be held accountable," said Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "What we're trying to do today is bring awareness by showing some of the abusive cases."

More than 200 people attended the rally. Some came with dogs that had been rescued from abusive situations.

Jenkins said she filed her bill February 19.

A separate measure would force owners to forfeit animals seized in cruelty and torture cases and prevent ownership of the same species for two years. It has not received a committee hearing.

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