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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  • by FL (Back soon) Location: Hattiesburg on May 25, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    This is such a sad state, right now my neighbors have a tiny Yorky in a cage (with no roof) on the backporch of our apt complex, they leave this poor animal outside in a torential down pours,98 deg heat and whatever else mother nature throws at it and its out there 24/7. I called to report the incident to the "sheriffs" department and they do not deal with this situation and was told to try the APT MNGR, what a joke!!This place is awful and I wont need any money or any help leaving this backward state where they dont have the laws to punish the people who are cruel to animals and have no RIGHT to own animals..Who's next the kids??Evil is Evil period..Get a grip people..
  • by SHIK LNG Location: philadelphia on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    everyone need BHAGWAN! BHAGWAN BHAGWAN BHAGWAN and we be HAPPY to all. TO THE POWER BHAGWAN. to the power to the people of the great state MISSISSIPPI and the SOUTH. BHAGWAN! BHAGWAN! BHAGWAN! praise HOLY au thou BHAGWAN!
  • by anony on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:49 AM
    To: Northern by birth southern by choice: Where do you get your information from? Last time I heard Mississippi holds the honors of being the unhealthiest state, having the highest obesity rate, the poorest medical care, the poorest education system, (just look at the grammar and spelling in the posts here) the top 10 for deaths by DUI, 2nd for deaths by speeding and number 6 for deadliest roads. Thats the best place to raise a family? You smoke crack? No wonder why ashamed is ashamed. Im ashamed too, can you send me money? Check out this gem of a site.....LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO
  • by ASHAMED TO LIVE HERE on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:26 AM
    FYI..I relocated here and was very excited to. All that I heard about Southern Hospitality and being able to live away from the chaos of city life in a beautiful setting. From the start, before anyone got to know me, I was told tasteless jokes about "____ Yankees", was told stories about Sherman burning MS, like he was my father or something and wispered about right in front of me when I ventured into town to meet people and try to be friendly. I was asked what religion I was and if I wanted to join "their" church because "Catholics are not Christians". What kind of Christians are they, so hateful? My newfound enthusiasm to live here was quickly killed by people who didn't even get to know me for who I am, only by where I am from. Maybe I moved to the wrong dead end town. If any of you who told me to leave went up North,no one would make you feel like such an outsider. We embrace diversity. Be ashamed of how your fellow MS'ians represented themselves. PEACE.
  • by shik lng Location: philadelphia on Mar 13, 2010 at 09:19 AM
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  • by Northern by birth southern by choice Location: philly on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    To :ashamed to live here: you must have not traveled past the county lines in this state.Because if you had you would know that Mississippi is one of the finest states in the country to raise a family in.I'm with some of the others here we will pitch in some money to help you get out of Mississippi if your so ashamed of it.
  • by janet Location: meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    and CARL one day you will know the truth and i just hope IT'S before you meet him and his name is BHAGWAN. and life is not from god it is from man and woman having intercourse. AND AS I SAID TO BROOKE MAY BHAGWAN be with you and have mercy on your ignorant soul. and i am also praying for you that BHAGWAN convicts you.
  • by janet Location: meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:57 PM
    brooke honey i do go to church. looks as if you don't. looks like you are sinning by judging people. and incase you are that stupid. it takes a man and woman to create life and incase you don't know how that happens it is called intercourse. and what you are talking about is a myth and just proves you are in denial. and i pray that BHAGWAN convicts you and you get worshiped. so BHAGWAN have mercy on your soul and be with you
  • by Jay on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    Jennifer-you can't equate a child with a pet. Children are human and have rights animals are just animals and are only property. I'm not saying its right to abuse animals but the two are just on different levels. la'kisha and janet-an unborn child is still a person. Just because the baby depends on the mother doesn't mean he/she is not alive. Unborn children react to light and sound move on there own think they are alive.
  • by Jennifer Location: Meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    Doesn't take long for the fundies to derail the discussion. Back on topic: People consider their pets to be a part of their family, and are horrified at the wanton and abject cruelty that domesticated dogs and cats are subjected to by uncaring owners. This is why people want Animal Cruelty to be a felony. Thing is people thing: "It's just a dumb animal." But it is still a living, breathing creature, with feelings. Why does it scream, or whine when it is struck? Because it hurts, of course. You would scream and whine if somebody struck you. Pets are a responsibility, and people should take them just as seriously as a child, because just like a child a pet depends upon the people it lives with for its well being.
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