Mississippi moves closer to making animal cruelty a felony

Step by step and state by state we’re moving – albeit too slowly much of the time – in the right direction on animal welfare issues. This time, it’s the state of Mississippi, where a Senate Judiciary Committee pushed forward two bills that might increase the penalties for animal cruelty.

WXVT reports under one bill, individuals could be charged with aggravated cruelty for torturing, mutilating, maiming, burning, starving, disfiguring or killing any domesticated dog or cat.Ā  And those convicted could face one to five years in prison.

The second bill has a provision for charging a person with a felony on a third offense.

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