HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - People across Mississippi are gathering in Jackson Wednesday to strengthen animal cruelty laws in the state.
They're taking part in the Statewide Rally to Stand Against Animal Cruelty.
The Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group (MS-AAG) is among the organizations participating in the annual event. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Capitol steps.
MS-AGG wants cruelty laws to have a first-offense felony provision and an option for charging an offender with multiple counts for multiple acts of cruelty.
It is also supporting a bill in the Senate Agriculture Committee which would amend current law.
"It needs amending, to add that first offense felony, to add the multiple counts for multiple animals," said Valerie Rachal, a member of the Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group from Hattiesburg. "We'd like to see a better description of adequate shelter for pets and would also like the state to comply with FBI reporting of animal cruelty cases."
MS-AAG has more than 2,100 members across the state.