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New animal laws proposed in Hinds County

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Three On Your Side responded to another complaint about pit bulls Wednesday. This time we travel back to an area outside of Terry where a young child was mauled to death by a pit bull last month.

As we have learned, big changes could be coming that will impact dangerous dog owners and animal abusers.

In the back yard of a home on Rosemary Road we found two pit bulls chained up tight, able to wander maybe 3 to 4 feet, locked in a quagmire of feces surrounding their dog houses.

 "That's all he get, and you see the feces all around him. There's nobody taking care of the dogs." Melvin Chandler says the dogs belong to his son, and claims they were once used for fighting.

"My son did this, they have been fighting."  Chandler claims his son abuses the dogs, not feeding or watering them properly. But he's mainly concerned about his grandchildren who live yards away. "One of these dogs get loose being the way they have been treated, you are going to have another tragedy in Terry, another child."

The younger Melvin Chandler was not at home. State law says an animal must have food, water and shelter. It doesn't stay anything about the shelter being a tree or it being tied to a 3 foot chain.

We have learned changes are coming that will better the outcome for animals being abused. Thursday the Sheriff's Department will present Hinds County Supervisors with revised animal control ordinances. one specifically bans tethering animals. 

February 15 we found two horses tied to trees. No water and confined to a sloppy feces filled circle. One needed immediate medical attention.

Both horses were confiscated by the Hinds County Sheriff's Department. Major Teresa Gardner says a tether law would outlaw this inhumane treatment and force owners to think twice about abusing animals.

We have also learned the Hinds County Sheriff's office will present an ordinance making it illegal to have an animal unrestrained in the open bed of a pick up truck. Fines could be hefty.

It's up to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to enact any ordinance changes. They could vote on this matter next Monday at their regular session. 

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