Individuals who adhere to our Code of Ethics are unlikely to become involved in a dog-related dispute. However, it is important that we be aware of our rights as well as our obligations as hunting dog enthusiasts.
The laws below are in place to protect all Mississippi dog owners.
MS Code § 69-29-15: It is unlawful for a person to remove any collar, tag, or marking device on any animal not owned by such person and without the permission of the owner of the animal. The initial violation is punishable by a fine of between $250 and $1,000 or by imprisonment in county jail for up to 6 months, or both. Subsequent violations are punishable by imprisonment in the Penitentiary for not less than one year, or a fine of not less than $1,000, or both
MS Code §97-41-16: Any person who shall maliciously kill, maim, or injure any dog or cause any person to do the same, shall be fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned up to 6 months. In addition to fine(s) or imprisonment imposed, the court shall order that restitution be made to the owner of such dog. Restitution may include the replacement value of the loss, veterinarian expenses, loss of income, etc.
If you feel that a violation has occurred, contact local authorities immediately. Insist that a police report be filed. Remain as calm as possible. Do not become involved in an altercation. Gather evidence if practical (take photographs, notes, etc) and contact an officer of the MSHDA for further advice.