Local lawmaker fights to increase penalties for animal abusers

MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) – Senator Angela Burks Hill from Picayune isn’t giving up on trying to increase penalties for animal abusers.

Senate Bill 2174 failed to make it out of committee during the last session, but Hill has since made minor adjustments.

“The people who are charged with aggravated animal cruelty, it gives the judge discretion on whether to order a psych [evaluation] and I’m going to change that to make it mandatory,” said Hill.

The bill aims to make first-offense animal cruelty a felony; an action Hill says will not only help protect animals, but could also possibly protect people.