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Committee hears Mosbrucker bill on animal abuse


February 27, 2019

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker says the illegal blood sport of dog fighting has grown to “epidemic” levels in central Washington and other places throughout the state.

During a public hearing last Monday on a bill she sponsored, the Goldendale lawmaker told the House Public Safety Committee that large numbers of dogs are disappearing around Yakima and surrounding areas.

“We found out they are being collected to be bait. Their mouths were duct-taped, and then they were sliced and put into rings to fight repeatedly,” said Mosbrucker. “And the people behind this are making very large amounts of money.”

Mosbrucker noted Washington already has strict penalties against animal fighting. Howev...

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