Sign Petition Making Aggravated Animal Cruelty A Felony As A Result Of Mississippi’s Largest Animal Abuse Case In History

Animals are not just objects or personal property, they are living, breathing creatures with feelings and emotions. Our partner Care2 is urging Mississippi State legislators to enact tougher animal cruelty laws with strictly enforced penalties.

The move follows what has been called the largest animal abuse case in Mississippi’s history, in which more than 56 injured and starving pit bulls were rescued earlier this month from horrible conditions at a suspected dog-fighting farm.

On November 6, 2017, Adams County Sheriff’s office deputies responded to a call and found between 35 and 40 suffering dogs chained up throughout a wooded area in the rear of a local residence.

“You probably have about two acres with nothing but pit bulls. We have dogs, some with their legs bitten off, one with its lower jaw missing. You have a boneyard out here in plain view,” Sheriff Travis Patten said in a statement at the time. “They didn’t have the decency to bury the dogs.”

Unfathomably, the owner of the property, Tommie Queen, who is currently out on bail, was charged with 50 counts of dog fighting, but only one count of aggravated animal cruelty.

As a result, Mississippi government officials are now attempting to update the language in the Mississippi Animal Welfare Act.  Their proposal is to make aggravated animal cruelty a felony on the first offense since it is currently considered a misdemeanor.

They need to remove any and all exceptions of aggravated cruelty law, including stipulations on first and second offense, and so forth.

No one should be given a second or third chance to senselessly harm an animal.

Tougher laws need to ensure that all crimes against an animal be classified as a felony with strictly enforced penalties such as longer jail sentences, higher fees, possibly acts of community service hours and also being placed on an animal cruelty registry to be shared nationwide with anyone within the animal field such as sales, care, breeding, and treatment. Additionally, such abusers need to be banned for a lifetime in working with, caring for, or owning animals for the rest of their lives.

Please support this issue by signing the petition HERE!

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