Gordon and Maienschein Bill Gives Dogs Rescued from Animal Fighting Rings a Chance at Rehabilitation
- Created: Tuesday, 09 February 2016 09:59
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assembly Members Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and Brian Maienschein (R- San Diego) introduced legislation giving dogs that have been seized in connection with criminal dog fighting rings a second chance at life. Under current law, all dogs seized in connection with animal fighting cases are automatically labeled “vicious,” and usually euthanized. Seized dogs often include dogs directly involved in training and fighting, breeding dogs, puppies, “bait dogs,” and stolen pets. AB 1825 would ensure that professionals individually evaluate these dogs to determine whether they can be rehabilitated and safely re-enter society, be placed with sanctuaries, or euthanized if appropriate.
“These dogs weren’t born vicious. Criminals trained them to fight for entertainment and illegal gambling. This law would give these abused dogs a chance to live a peaceful life in a loving home,” said Assemblyman Gordon.