Lawmakers vote their approval of bill against dog fighting

Lawmakers have passed out of committee a proposed law that prohibits dog fights and restricts the raising and sale of what are considered aggressive breeds.

The action was Tuesday afternoon in the Comisión de Asuntos Agropecuarios. The vote was unanimous to send the measure to the full Asamblea Legislativa.

The bill would prohibit actual fights among dogs but also any show or display that implies aggression by dogs, involved maltreatment or caused injuries to the animals.

The bill prohibits the breeding and sale of animals for the purpose of dog fights and also said that owners of American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terriers, have to seek permission to breed or sell the animals. The restriction also would apply to any breed designated by the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal.

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