COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio lawmakers are one step closer to coming down tougher on cockfighting.
The State House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday to make cockfighting a felony.
On two straight days last month, investigators in Youngstown took chickens from homes they say may be connected to cockfighting.
Forty other states consider cockfighting a felony and punish it as such.
Under the new law, people who bet on fights, pay to get into fights or have cockfighting equipment would be fined $10,000. The bill now heads to Ohio’s Senate.