Animal advocates to rally for stricter animal cruelty laws

WALTHALL COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - In February, animal advocates from around the state will attend a rally to stand against animal cruelty in Mississippi.

The rally will take place on the south steps of the capital on Wednesday Feb, 12, at noon. Organizers say they want to increase public awareness and send a message to legislators that Mississippi laws protecting animals from cruelty need to be more strict. They also want to get out the message that better cooperation is needed from law enforcement when enforcing the laws.

The rally kicks off a year long effort to involve community leaders in the fight against animal cruelty.

"Many times throughout our state we see things we wish we wish we could do something about," said Michelle Lombas, rally organizer. "Whether that's engaging law enforcement, helping our legislators make stronger animal cruelty laws, or whatever we can do. We are going to reach out across the state to everybody and take action. It just takes action to make it happen."

During the coming year Lombas says they will be recognizing law enforcement, firemen, and judges who have done an outstanding job as it relates to animal cruelty.

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