Update: The Iowa House passed this bill to make attendance at an animal fight a felony, and it is now the law!
Original report: The Iowa Senate has passed a bill, S.F. 2203 that would increase the penalty for being a spectator at an animal fight from an aggravated misdemeanor to a Class D felony. The bill is now pending in the Iowa House as H.F. 2381.
A class "D" felony means a sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $7,500, assuming no prior convictions. An aggravated misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to two years and a fine not to exceed $6,250.
Please give law enforcement the tools they need to stop people from attending animal fights. Click here to find Iowa House members and urge them to support this bill, H.F. 2381.