Animal Cruelty Law Remains Misdemeanor

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Mississippi's animal cruelty law is under scrutiny following the seizure of about 170 animals from Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Kemper County

The owner, Virginia Robinson, 56, was charged with disorderly conduct and officials say she may face charges of animal cruelty.

Mississippi is one of the few states in the nation where that charge is not a felony.

Many animal lovers were hoping a bill proposed in the 2010 legislative session would make animal cruelty a felony.

Instead Lauderdale County attorney, Justin Cobb, says he will have to continue explaining to pet owners that it is just a misdemeanor.

Cobb says when a person's pet is either killed or injured it is another blow when they find out how lenient the law is regarding animal cruelty.

Cobb says he would like to see animal cruelty towards household pets be made a felony like most other states.

Cobb says if someone shoots your dog and kills him, there's no jail time, only a $100 fine.

Cobb says it is difficult when he has to explain to pet owners that they can only punish those who hurt animals as far as the law allows.

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