Domestic violence perpetrators often rain horrific acts of cruelty on their victims' innocent pets in an effort to control and frighten their victims. Now, Mississippi animal advocates have a chance to make a difference by supporting Senate Bill 2014, a bill which will protect pets of domestic abuse victims. SB2014 must be approved by the House Judiciary B committee by March 5th or it dies. If approved in committee, it must be voted on in the House by March 13th.Read more
Mississippi Spay and Neuter (MS SPAN), in conjunction with Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi (AAIM), are beginning a series of free workshops around the state to meet local animal welfare organizations, municipalities and county leaders. We are starting in Northeast Mississippi and holding two workshops in Tupelo on December 5, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites.Read more
Senator Hill's dog and cat protection bill was not brought up during the Agriculture Committee's meeting this year, which means it will not make it to the Senate floor for a vote.Read more
The HSUS composes its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies that cover more than 90 policy ideas, ranging from penalties for animal fighting to prohibiting bear and mountain lion hunting to providing incentives for low-cost spay and neuter programs for companion animals to improving the lives of animals raised for food. Read more here.
WJTV- Natchez holds town hall on animal cruelty Natchez Democrat-Senator Dearing discusses new legislation at forum on state dog fighting laws Natchez Democrat- Sheriff Patten receives humanitarian award
Sheriff Martin Pace of Warren County has long been an animal advocate, and spoke about animal cruelty as a precursor to violence toward humans at our 2016 conference. During a recent string of burglaries in Vicksburg, a family pet was murdered, once again highlighting the dire need for a first-offense felony for animal cruelty in our state. Please read and share this piece from the Vicksburg Post featuring Sheriff Pace to help us spread the word about this tragedy and to encourage our lawmakers to pass common-sense cruelty legislation in Mississippi.
"Sen. Angela Burks Hill, R-Picayune, has pre-filed a bill for the 2017 legislative session that would seek to make aggravated animal cruelty a felony as well as allow law enforcement to charge offenders with multiple counts of animal abuse, an option that is not currently available."Read more
The Mississippi Board of Animal Health is sponsoring Pet First Aid, Animal Handling and Animal behavior training on September 24th in Starkville and on November 12th in Raymond.
The two men who committed the heinous act of slaying a dog, that appeared to be one of their own, face charges for conspiracy and animal cruelty. The gentle dog so trusted them that he didn't flinch the first few times the knife passed across his throat.