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Jerry Brown OKs bill to allow rescue of fighting dogs

"The Champions" makes case for law to rescue fight dogs

This is the trailer for the documentary "The Champions," which screened in Sacramento in support of a bill to change the definition of "vicious dogs." For California lawmakers and advocates alike, movies have become a popular way to generate publi
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This is the trailer for the documentary "The Champions," which screened in Sacramento in support of a bill to change the definition of "vicious dogs." For California lawmakers and advocates alike, movies have become a popular way to generate publi

Dogs rescued from fighting rings and write-in candidates will be key beneficiaries of Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest legislative decisions.

The Democratic governor announced on Monday he had signed Assembly Bill 1825, which prevents dogs seized from criminal fighting operations from automatically being designated “vicious.” Dogs that are labeled vicious are typically euthanized; now, animal control and shelter workers can evaluate pooches first to see if they pose a threat.

“These dogs weren’t born vicious, they were trained to fight for entertainment and illegal gambling,” Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, said in a statement. “These dogs will now have a chance to be rehabilitated.”

Brown vetoed a bill allowing the governor to declare a winner in a special election where only one candidate qualifies to appear on the ballot. In his veto message, Brown wrote Senate Bill 49 would exclude write-in candidates.

“This doesn’t seem consistent with democratic principles that call for choice and robust debate,” Brown wrote of the bill, which was authored by the late Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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