SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker is crafting three bills for the upcoming legislative session to bolster animal safety laws.
Democratic state Sen. Gene Davis is introducing the bills, which seek to make cockfighting a felony and restrict roadside pet sales and the tethering of dogs.
The Humane Society of Utah requested the legislation and says Utah is one of 15 states where cockfighting is only a misdemeanor.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Davis also wants to make it a misdemeanor to tether a dog for more than 10 hours. Violators would have to pay a $250 fine.
Another bill would restrict the sale of dogs in unregulated places such as parking lots.
The Human Society says roadside puppy sales are linked with unplanned purchases of pets that are later abandoned.