my dear dog Sparkle. I will never forget the howl she made.
It sounded almost human.
We laughed and hit her and hit her more.” - from the diary of Luke Woodham, 16, charged in the stabbing death of his mother, and the shooting deaths of two students and wounding seven others in Pearl, Mississippi.
Felony Status In general, a felony is an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year is authorized.
1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.
"The question is not, Can they reason ? nor, Can they talk ? but Can they suffer ." -Jeremy Bentham