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Dog Fighting Penalties More Harsh

Stricter penalties will soon go into effect against people who host and attend dogfights.  The new laws come as NFL star Michael Vick is expected to plead guilty to dogfighting charges.

In Texas, hosting a dogfight will now be a felony and going to one will be a grade "A" misdemeanor.  This means that you could face one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

But in Amarillo, the police department says dogfighting is not really a problem. 

Corporal Jerry Neufeld says, "I wouldn't say it would never happen here or it's not going to happen; it's just not something we're seeing now and hopefully we'll never see it.  It's definitely not a problem at this point."

The new laws will go into effect starting September 1st.

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