NATCHEZ, MISS. (WJTV) — The city of Natchez held a town hall meeting to get input on animal cruelty legislation.
Adams County has had issues with animal cruelty. Recently, nearly 60 dogs were found in horrible conditions at a home.
Officials and authorities say the state needs tougher animal cruelty laws.
Tonight, people packed the council chambers to hear from state senator Bob Dearing on legislation that would be presented to lawmakers next year.
Dearing proposed that people who are convicted of dog fighting would face up to 25 years behind bars and could face a $1,000 fine for each dog that’s taken away.
“If we don’t do this we will have people migrating to Mississippi to participate in dogfighting,” said Mayor Darryl Grennell. “We want to deter people from engaging in that type of activity.”