@AARDVARC - Some background on this dog; This dog has never attacked or harmed anyone. It is not vicious. In fact, the dog is a local hero for saving a little girl from being hit by a vehicle. All the children in the neighborhood love this dog, and the dog loves them. Since this man moved in the dog has had to be kept behind the fence for its own protection. But the man still manages to find a way to get to it. An owner can secure a dog a dog but when you have someone intentionally enticing and luring the dog, yes, the dog may get out.
So, it's legal for me to walk down a street and find a dog that I don't like and lure him out and try to beat it death? Wow is all I can say to that. Just wow.
Now for a little background on the man. He is convicted felon. He was also just caught stealing cable from the next door neighbor to whom the dog belonged. He is extremely angry about this and has threatened to kill his neighbor and his neighbor's entire family. Even their cat. And of course the dog that he's been after since he got there. He thinks his neighbor and/or someone in the family turned him in for stealing the cable, but they didn't know about it until he was charged with the crime. All of the provoking and teasing of the dog by this couple is well documented. She goes out into the yard several times a week, carrying a stick, and screams as loud as she can and curses the dog, among many other things.
I guess I misunderstood the law when I read it.
This section constitutes Mississippi's anti-cruelty and animal fighting provisions, which were recently amended in 2011. The pertinent anti-cruelty law, § 97-41-1, states that any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence overrides, overdrives, overloads, tortures, torments, unjustifiably injures, deprives of necessary sustenance, food, or drink, cruelly beats, or needlessly mutilates any living creature , is guilty of a misdemeanor. The cat and dog cruelty provision, § 97-41-16, was significantly amended in 2011. This section, known as the "Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet Protection Law of 2011," makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally or with criminal negligence wound, deprive of adequate food, water, or shelter, or carry or confine in a cruel manner, any domesticated cat or dog. Aggravated cruelty occurs when a person with malice intentionally tortures, mutilates, maims, burns, starves or disfigures any domesticated dog or cat.
Article § 97-41-16
(2)(a) If a person shall intentionally or with criminal negligence wound, deprive of adequate shelter, food or water, or carry or confine in a cruel manner, any domesticated dog or cat, or cause any person to do the same, then he or she shall be guilty of the offense of simple cruelty to a dog or cat. A person who is convicted of the offense of simple cruelty to a dog or cat shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or imprisoned not more than six (6) months, or both.
(b) If a person with malice shall intentionally torture, mutilate, maim, burn, starve or disfigure any domesticated dog or cat, or cause any person to do the same, then he or she shall be guilty of the offense of aggravated cruelty to a dog or cat.