Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
To folks like Lydia Sattler, state director for The Humane Society of the United States, Mississippi has come a long way in animal protection laws, but she says there's still a long way to go, especially when it comes to a specific form of animal euthanasia.
"It's really a horrific way for an animal to die," said Sattler.
Sattler and a group of animal advocates are hoping a piece of legislation making its way through the state capitol will put a stop to allowing gas chambers as a method of euthanasia. The process uses carbon monoxide to suffocate animals which many folks, like Michelle Lombus, call inhumane.
"Banning gas chambers for the state of Mississippi is just a huge step forward as far as humane legislation," said Lombus.
Currently 21 states have already outlawed using gas chambers as a form of euthanasia. While gassing animals is still an option for shelters in Mississippi, only a small amount actually still use the process. Sattler says even one shelter gassing animals is too many.
"There's much more advanced methods for euthanasia that are quick and painless versus a gas chamber which an animal can take five to seven minutes, even up to 20 minutes to die," said Sattler.
With over populations and illnesses common at shelters across the state, advocates for a ban understand the role of euthanizing animals but point to more humane methods like lethal injections, which are more common.
"Unfortunately euthanasia is a hard reality," said Lombus.
If passed, advocates hope legislation would make that reality a little more humane. The bill banning the gas chamber method was introduced by Senator David Blount of Jackson. The bill passed the senate unanimously and now heads to a house committee for consideration before going to the full house.
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