By The Associated Press
JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed two bills that aimed at strengthening the state’s animal cruelty laws.
Currently, maliciously torturing or killing a dog or cat brings a misdemeanor charge. Bills passed Wednesday would make those crimes a felony.
One bill makes a charge a felony on the first offense. Under the second bill, a person accused of animal cruelty would be charged with a felony after the second offense.
Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, a Democrat from Oxford, says Mississippi is among four states without a felony animal cruelty law.
The bills now move to the House.
The bills are Senate Bills 2127 and 2821.