WINONA, Miss.- Winona City Board of Alderman unanimously voted to increase penalties for aggravated assault on animals.
The change came after Jonathan Thompson, 27, plead guilty to burning his dog alive on his property. A citation that cost him a mere $327.50.
The law has now been increased and expanded to not only dogs and cats, but all animals. They are protected under MSSS 97-41-16 Mississippi’s 2011 amendment to animal law for aggravated cruelty.
The board announced that animal cruelty penalties would fine up to $2,500 and six months in prison.