Miss. Senate OKs 2 animal cruelty bills

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.

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The bills are Senate Bills 2127 and 2821.