Mississippi Considers Increasing Penalties for Aggravated Cruelty to Dogs and Cats

Mississippi House Bill 1565, if enacted, would make aggravated cruelty to a dog or a cat a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, and punishable by up to a $5000 fine, five years in prison, or both. The bill also includes bars to ownership of cats or dogs following an offense and clarifies that each act constitutes a separate offense.