Princeton, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Miss West Virginia wants cockfighting to become a felony offense in West Virginia.
Summer Wyatt says she will use her new position as state director in West Virginia for the Humane Society of the United States of America to press the issue with lawmakers during this year's legislative session.
The 60-day session starts Jan. 13.
Wyatt says West Virginia is one of 11 states that doesn't consider cockfighting a felony offense.
She says since it's only a misdemeanor in West Virginia, people who engage in cockfighting might be drawn to the state.
Wyatt says senate judiciary chairman Jeff Kessler has agreed to introduce legislation making cockfighting a felony.
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