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The Mississippi Legislature did a good thing in 2011 by enacting legislation to protect the mascot animals (dogs and cats) of Mississippi pet owners and to punish those who abuse them. However, they didn’t go far enough, largely it is felt, due to opposition from the Mississippi Farm Bureau.

Pet owners and people with good feelings for dogs and cats, please contact Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, (601) 359-3200, and House Speaker Philip Gunn, (601)359-3300, and request support during the 2016 legislative session for the following revisions to the Mississippi Dog & Cat Protection Law of 2011:

1. Allow for first offense felony charges in instances of heinous cruelty to dogs or cats.

2. Remove existing language that states one charge no matter the number of animals abused.

Please also contact the Mississippi Farm Bureau and request that they not oppose these revisions: Mississippi Farm Bureau, state headquarters, Jackson — (601) 957-3200.

James F. Puckett

Hattiesburg

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/01/15/strengthen-states-law-protect-dogs-cats-letter/78822518/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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