Mississippi felony cruelty law

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2011:
JACKSON–Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on April 27,
2011 signed into law possibly the weakest of the 47 state felony
cruelty statues now in effect. The law permits filing felony charges
only if a person previously convicted of intentionally torturing,
burning, starving, or physically disfiguring a cat or dog is
convicted again within five years of the first conviction. “In other
words, they get away with it the first time,” Pearl River SPCA
president Maria Diamond told Jeremy Pittari of the Picayune Item.

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