A state senator is urging her colleagues to increase the penalties for animal cruelty in Mississippi.
According to current state law, a person faces a felony charge if caught at a staged dogfight, but harming a dog or cat is only a misdemeanor.
“You can stand in front of the local sheriff and set a dog on fire and get a misdemeanor,” bill sponsor Sen. Angela Hill tells OneNewsNow.
Hill, who has introduced the legislation for eight years, says the measure died in the House but has passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the current session in Jackson.
“And it’s sitting on the Senate calendar waiting to be taken up and voted on,” she advises.
Hill, who was first elected in 2012, may be well-known to OneNewsNow readers for introducing pro-life legislation in The Magnolia State. More recently, she urged the state legislature to address transgender athletes competing against biological girls in high school sports.
Regarding the animal cruelty bill, Hill says someone sent her a graphic photo showing seven grown dogs that had been shot and killed, and tossed in a creek.
"We have people setting dogs and cats on fire and putting it on social media,” she says.