Until now, Idaho was one of a handful of states where dog fighting was only a misdemeanor. And that law was pretty vague as to what activity associated with dog fighting would be illegal.
Now, though, both the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate have passed a tougher dog fighting law by wide margins. As soon as the governor signs the bill, it will be a felony in Idaho for the first time to possess, own, keep, buy or sell dogs for fighting.
The new law will also make it a felony to advertise, promote, organize, participate, invest or gamble on dog fighting.
It will be a misdemeanor to be a spectator at a dog fighting event or during preparations for a fight.