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Prentiss Co. animal cruelty investigation

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Prentiss County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into an animal cruelty case.

This, after a video surfaced, showing numerous dead animals dumped at the bottom of a ravine.

Those who shot the video say they filmed 30 dogs, 6 cats and several deer carcasses.

Some have been shot, and others show scars and signs of possible fighting.

Debra Boswell, Director of Mississippi Animal Rescue League, showed video which is being shared heavily through Facebook.

Lawmen in Prentiss County are already conducting their own investigation, trying to find those responsible.

"These are egregious acts of cruelty and it's a short step from these kinds of acts perpetrated on animals to these kinds of acts perpetrated on humans," Boswell said.

Boswell says the video is proof Mississippi is in desperate need of a felony animal cruelty law.

"Animal cruelty issue is not just about the animals those of us who are in the business, that's certainly our focus but the community at large should be concerned and we hope that this garners the attention of the Ag. Committee and they will address it this year," Boswell said.

Currently anyone caught committing this kind of act would only face a small fine.

Boswell says this goes well beyond neglect and someone needs to be held responsible.

"We continue to be only one of four states without a felony law to protect dogs and cats," Boswell said. "If nothing else comes of this perhaps that will pass this year the need is great, this is not an isolated incident."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Prentiss Co. Sheriff's Dept. at 662-728-6232.

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