Toughening up the Kentucky law could also help curb dog fighting in neighboring states, where dogs bred and trained in Kentucky are thought to be sold.
The ban was introduced by speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonburg), who'd been pushing for the measure when it stalled just before the end of the 2015 legislative session. The measure passed when it was added as an amendment to a bill about bees.
If it passes the Senate and is signed, owning dogs for the purpose of fighting will at long last be a felony in all of the U.S.
The ASPCA has info on what you can do to support this bill and help end dog fighting.