As it celebrates its 150th anniversary, the ASPCA continues working to help end dogfighting. Recent efforts included collecting almost 50,000 comments early this year from the public to help urge the U.S. Sentencing Commission to increase sentencing from three to five years for federally convicted dog fighters. On Friday, the commission voted to increase the recommended jail sentence for animal fighting to 21 to 27 months. Previous guidelines only recommended up to a year in prison.
"These new guidelines will go a long way to protect hundreds of thousands of dogs in the United States who are forced to fight and suffer each year purely for the entertainment and financial gain of their owners," Rickey said in a statement.