Fate of dog, cat cruelty bills grim

“I’m just trying to do the very best I can with an emotional topic to make sure it is balanced,” he said.

Pigott said he was “not closely” involved with Farm Bureau and that he has not talked to anyone there regarding the bills. He said he does not believe his involvement affects his decisions as Agriculture Committee chairman.

Hudson did not return multiple calls from Mississippi Today reporters. When approached at the State Capitol, he declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for Gunn said bills are assigned “according to subject matter.” Pigott echoed that, saying all bills dealing with domestic animals go to the Agriculture Committee.

A request for comment to Reeves’ office was not answered.