Proposed animal abuse legislation Animal advocates hope dogfighting and puppy mill scandals will breed tougher animal abuse laws. Here is a look at legislation already proposed: Virginia: A bill was filed to add organized dogfighting as a qualifying offense under the state's racketeering law, which would mean tougher sentences. _Georgia: A Senate-passed bill awaiting House action would increase penalties for dogfighting and make it illegal for a person to own, breed, purchase or transport a dog for fighting. _Ohio: Legislation was introduced that would increase penalty for fighting animals and allow seizure of property to pay for caring for or euthanizing the animals. _Indiana: Legislation has been filed to increase penalties for fighting dogs or owning fighting dogs and for attending dogfights. _Oklahoma: A bill is being prepared to require regulation of breeders who have 25 or more dogs, cats, puppies or kittens. _Pennsylvania: Gov. Ed Rendell has called for broad regulatory changes for kennels, including larger cages and mandatory exercise for dogs. _Wisconsin: A bill was introduced to require dog breeders to get a state license, provide humane care and reimburse buyers for veterinary bills. _Federal: The Senate passed a farm bill that included a ban on possessing, training or breeding fighting dogs and a ban on the import of puppies for commercial sale if they are under 6 months old.