Committee deadline is just around the corner and for most bills, if they don’t make it out of their assigned committee by Tuesday they die. One of those bills is SB 2172 the dog and cat abuse bill. The bill authored by Senator Angela Hill would line up the states penalties toward cat and dog abuse to FBI regulations. The bill would only apply to cats and dogs.

Senate Bill 2172

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. Section 97-41-16, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

    (a) The provisions of this section shall be
known and may be cited as the "Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet
Protection Law of 2011."
    (b)  The intent of the Legislature in enacting 
this law is to provide only for the protection of domesticated dogs and cats, as these are the animals most often serving as the loyal and beloved pets of the citizens of this state.  Animals other than domesticated dogs and cats are specifically excluded from the
enhanced protection described in this section for dogsand cats.The provisions of this section do not apply, and shall not be construed as applying, to any animal other than a domesticated dog or cat