Miss. Senate OKs 2 animal cruelty bills

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Senate passed two bills Wednesday aimed at strengthening the state’s animal cruelty law by making it a felony to maliciously injure, torture or kill a cat or dog.

Currently, anyone accused of such offenses can only be charged with a misdemeanor.

A bill filed by Sen. Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, would make animal cruelty a felony on the first offense. The second bill, filed by Sen. Bob Dearing, D-Natchez, would make it a felony on the second offense.