Bibb County sheriff’s deputies now have more tools at their disposal to combat animal cruelty and dogfighting cases.
The Humane Society of the United States offered a free seminar Thursday to update deputies on current laws and help them gather evidence of dogfighting.
Federal law makes it a felony to bring a child under 16 years old to an animal fight. Attendance for those 16 and older is a misdemeanor offense.
Animal fights often are associated with gang activity, drug dealing, illegal gambling and other crimes.
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Deputies also learned the strong connection between crimes against animals and humans.
A Chicago police study found 65 percent of those arrested for animal crimes between 2001 and 2004 had been arrested for battery of a person, according to a news release about the seminar.