Archive for March 1st, 2011

Florida congressman being investigated for receiving money from dog track

Through a company with ties to the congressman, David M. Rivera (R-FL) is being investigated for an allegedĀ  $500,000 in “secret payments” from the owners of Flagler Dog Track in Florida.

The Miami Herald is reporting that Rivera “helped run a political campaign backed by the dog track to win voter approval for Las Vegas-style slot machines at parimutuel venues in Miami-Dade County.”

Sounds like another attempt by a dog racing facility to prop up the racing side by adding more gambling options. The money in question reportedly went to a marketing company co-managed by Rivera’s 70-year-old mother.

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Mississippi House sends bill forward to toughen up animal cruelty laws

Senate Bill 2821 creates “an offense of aggravated cruelty if an individual, with malice, intentionally tortures, mutilates, maims, burns, starves or disfigures any domesticated dog or cat,” according to a story from ClarionLedger.com.

Additionally, anyone convicted of aggravated cruelty twice in a five-year period would face felony charges and could be fined up to $5,000 and face one to five years in prison. Now the issue apparently moves back to the Senate.

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