Target: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
Goal: Instate harsher sentencing for animal cruelty violations in Mississippi
A couple in Pearl River County, Mississippi has been arrested on two charges of animal abuse for the mistreatment of more than 50 cattle dogs. The dogs had been living in cramped cages, often with two or three dogs per cage, and standing or lying in their own urine and feces for the better part of their tragic lives. Bleu Moon Cattle Dogs, the dog breeding business responsible for this mistreatment, boasted on its Facebook page that its dogs were healthy, happy, and free to roam about their facility, which is a far cry from the truth. Still, the owners of the business, Lynne Hackney and Miles Allen, have only been charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Why? Because Mississippi state law decrees that people charged with animal abuse crimes can only be charged per instance, no matter how many animals are involved.
Cattle dogs are bred for activity. They require lots of exercise, both mental and physical, and are incredibly smart animals with the desire to run, play, and work, which is more than can be said for the couple who is being grossly under-prosecuted. These people were out to make fast money and misrepresented the deplorable environment in which these dogs were forced to live. More than fifty dogs were cooped up in two sheds, the insides of which often reached sweltering and dangerous temperatures of 100+ degrees. Many of the dogs had ammonia burns from contact with their own urine, and none of them had access to food or water. It was reported that one dog’s fur was so matted that it could not walk.
That two people could treat any living thing this way demands more legal action than just two misdemeanors. Every single one of these smart, beautiful animals should be accounted for, and these people deserve to be locked away for a long time so that no more harm comes to any other animals. Urge the governor of Mississippi to take these crimes more seriously and reward these mistreated animals with the guarantee that Lynne Hackney and Miles Allen will never again be able to harm another living thing.
Dear Governor Bryant,
The recent abuse and mistreatment of more than 50 cattle dogs in Pearl River County is appalling and grotesque, and should be taken very seriously. The state of Mississippi needs to recognize the lives of these dogs and the quality of life that was denied to them, as well as the lingering effects this trauma. The people responsible for this abuse should be dually punished and given a conviction of more than two counts of animal cruelty.
Please take into account the burns to the dogs’ skin, the malnutrition, the neglect, the dehydration, and the overall horrifying conditions in which these animals were forced to live, crowded into dirty cages without access to food, water, or the outdoors. Please set an example in your state as being intolerant of abuse and mistreatment of animals, and help the rest of the country recognize animals as living things that deserve to have a certain quality of life.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: AZOP via Wikipedia