January 25, 2011 3:14:00 PM
JACKSON - The Senate Judiciary B Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make animal cruelty a felony in Mississippi.
Under the bill, a person could be charged with aggravated cruelty for torturing, mutilating, maiming, burning, starving, disfiguring or killing any domesticated dog or cat.
Judiciary B Chairman Gray Tollison, a Democrat from Oxford, says a person can be charged with a misdemeanor for such acts under current law.
Anyone convicted of the crime could face between one and five years in prison.
Tollison has said Mississippi is one of four states without a felony law for abuse of pets.
The bill, Senate Bill 2127, goes to the full Senate for debate.
disgustedwithbarber commented at 1/26/2011 11:47:00 AM:
Hooray! We are half-way there. Contact your representatives and let them know how important it is to pass Bill 2127! MS is only one of 4 states that does not recognize animal cruelty as a feloney. Individuals who reguard animals as something that can be thrown away and abused lack the basic moral fiber of decent people. This is NOT someone I want in the vicinity of children or anything smaller or more helpless than them. Send a message MS! Please support the passing of Bill 2127 and let's stop animal cruelty!
headringer commented at 1/26/2011 8:15:00 PM:
Theres something wrong in the world when you will consider passing laws to protect animals, but do the opposite to protect unborn children. I do not belive in mistreating or torturing animals, but some poor guy somewhere will get 5 years in prison for smacking his dog on the nose because it wouldn't stop barking all night. Watch and see.
iheartbassets3 commented at 1/26/2011 9:22:00 PM:
WONDERFUL!! While I would love to see a bill to protect unborn children... this is a different issue entirely. People who are abusive to animals are often abusive to children also. It's about time for these monsters to finally be punished for being cruel.
iheartbassets3 commented at 1/26/2011 9:25:00 PM:
By the way headringer, the article says that the bill describes animal abuse as "torturing, mutilating, maiming, burning, starving, disfiguring or killing any domesticated dog or cat". "Smacking" a dog on the nose hardly counts as any of these.
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