WPR News
3:03 am
Thu September 13, 2007

Wyoming Dog Laws Lacking

Laramie, Wy – The Humane Society of the United States
ranks Wyoming's dogfighting laws second-to-last in terms of
penalizing offenders.
The organization analyzed dogfighting laws across the country
and ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Idaho, Georgia, Nevada and Hawaii join Wyoming in having the
weakest dogfighting laws on the books.
Wyoming ranks 50th and Idaho 51st.
Wyoming and Idaho are the only states in the nation where
dogfighting is not a felony.
But one state Republican legislator says the ranking doesn't
cause him any concern.
State Senate Majority Leader John Hines of Gillette says he
doesn't put much weight into how the state fairs in such national
rankings when it comes to determining the state's legislative
agenda.
A proposed law to toughen penalties against animal cruelty died
without a vote last winter in the Wyoming Senate.