Senate passes bill aimed at expanding dogfighting law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill aimed at fixing a flaw in the state’s laws against dogfighting.

Kentucky outlaws the actual act of dogfighting “for pleasure or profit.” But the bill’s supporters say it’s the only state that doesn’t outlaw actions contributing to the blood sport.

The bill clearing the Senate on Thursday would expand the law to make it a felony to breed, possess, train or sell dogs for the “primary purpose” of dogfighting. The bill passed 36-0 and goes to the House.

The bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Paul Hornback, has led efforts since last year to shape the legislation.

But some animal rights activists raised concerns this week that the Senate’s version is too broad, creating potential loopholes for those wanting to supply fighting dogs.