District attorneys would receive state grants to investigate and prosecute illegal gambling operations that involve dog fighting under a new bill in the Pennsylvania legislature.
State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) said he has introduced legislation that would appropriate $250,000 yearly toward curbing animal fighting.
Under Yudichak's proposal, Senate Bill 1154, the funding would come from the $2 million transferred annually from the State Gaming Fund to the Gaming Control Board to be used as grants for law enforcement to investigate illegal gambling.
The $250,000 would be transferred to the state attorney general's office to issue grants to district attorneys.
Yudichak said dog fighting is almost always directly linked to gangs and drugs, and his legislation would ensure that adequate state funding is available to help law enforcement protect animals by ending illegal animal fighting rings.