LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee has declared April as Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.
Representatives from Southern Cross Animal Rescue, the Animal Rescue League of Laurel, the city's Animal Control Department and dozens of other citizens gathered inside city hall Thursday for the signing of the proclamation.
Mayor Magee said he hopes the "Go Orange Month" will help educate the public on their pets and help eliminate cruelty to all animals.
"It helps to spread the word that you know animals are living beings and that we need to take care of them, we don't need to abuse him," said Mayor Magee. "I was glad to do this on behalf of the City of Laurel."
The Southern Cross Animal Rescue and the Animal Rescue League of Laurel hope the prevention month will help promote and develop a positive, respectful and caring bond between people and animals everywhere.
"I'm ecstatic with all the support and it's the beginning, it's the beginning of letting people know that animal cruelty needs to stop," said SCAR board member Cindy Renz.
"If a citizen witnesses cruelty or abuse hopefully they'll know that they have the power to do something about it," said SCAR President Heather Williams.
SCAR asks everyone to wear orange in the month of April, especially on the 10th, to raise awareness on animal cruelty.