Mississippi governor signs ‘Buddy’s Law’ — requiring evaluations for child animal abusers

Published 6:18 am Friday, May 20, 2022

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law a bill requiring children who abuse animals to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Called “Buddy’s Law” after Buddy the dog who suffered severe burns to his face after a North Mississippi 12-year-old set fire to the dog.

The 3-year-old dog was forced to undergo intense treatment, including skin grafts, after the child set him on fire.

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Veterinarians at Mississippi State University cared for the dog, which was at the signing ceremony at the State Capitol Thursday.

The new law also holds the parent and/or guardian of the child who reportedly abused an animal accountable if they don’t provide the recommended help for their child and requires the offender’s parent and/or guardian to pay for the necessary care.