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March 22, 2006

Albany-- Animal rights advocates worry a bill to crack down on dog fighting in Georgia won't pass.

The bill would make it a felony to own or train dogs to fight, promote or stage dog fights or place bets on those fights. Albany Animal Control officers say dog fighting is an ongoing problem in the city and the county and harsher punishment might be the best way to cut down on the criminal acts.

"The years that I've been here, I've seen ears chewed off, tails chewed off, just mutilated. Some of there stomachs bitten out, just awful the way they fight these dogs," says Albany Animal Control Superintendent Johnny Graddy.

The bill would also make it illegal even to watch a dog fight. Watchers would be charged with a misdemeanor.

Albany Animal Control officers say they're busy patrolling the streets to crack down on dog fighting. If you've seen any, you can call Public Safety anonymously.

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