N.J. Assembly passes bills to make dogfighting an organized crime, stiffen animal cruelty penalties

N.J. Assembly passes bills to make dogfighting an organized crime, stiffen animal cruelty penalties (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — The state Assembly today passed a bill that would allow prosecutors to treat the leaders of dogfighting rings like mobsters, as well as legislation to toughen the penalties for abusing animals. The first bill (A2379), which passed 78-0, would make dogfighting a third-degree crime and allow…