Senate Pro Tempore Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, is sponsoring legislation that would make the deliberate torture, mutilation, maiming or burning of a pet dog or cat a first-offense felony.
Under Senate Bill 2127, penalties are a prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum $10,000 fine.
Such a bill passed the Senate last year but died in the House Agriculture Committee.
Asked what might make the difference this session, Hewes said, "public passion. "I've been hearing from Mississippians everywhere about this legislation."
Mississippi is one of four states and the only state in the South with no felony law that punishes acts of cruelty against dogs and cats.
If you live in Mississippi and would like to voice your support for this bill, please go to the Mississippi State Legislature page and contact your representatives to ask them to vote for SB 2127.
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