New Law Makes It A Felony To Leave Your Dog Outside In The Cold
It is a sad fact that some people think it is okay to leave a dog outside enduring the most severe temperatures and climates every season. But, finally, a new law makes it a felony to leave a dog outside in the cold and is teaching them a lesson.
The law was imposed in Pennsylvania and is called Libre’s Law.
Now, under this law, a dog cannot be outside for more than half an hour during severely hot or cold temperatures. The law also prohibits to leave pets tied up outside if it is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Behind the name of this law, there is a sad story…
The law is named after a Boston Terrier puppy named Libre who was rescued from an abusive and horrible life in southern Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.
Although the puppy was only seven weeks old, he had already experienced terrible abuse. When he was rescued he was unlikely to survive, but fortunately he did.
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People who violate the Libre’s law could be fined up to $ 750 and face up to 3 months of jail. If the charges for crimes are more serious, the fine could be higher.
Pennsylvania has taken a big step to protect animal rights. But, fortunately, it is not the only state taking measures in the creation of animal protection laws.
What you can do if you see a dog left outside in the cold?
According to the recommendations of the Humane Society, what you can do is:
# 1 Make a report
Be sure to take as much information as possible, such as the type of animal or animals in unsafe situation. Also the date, the time, the exact location and, if you can, take photos and videos to corroborate what you see.
# 2 Contact Your Local Animal Control Agency or the County Sheriff’s Office
Present your complaints and evidence gathered to the appropriate officer. Follow up with them to find out if the situation has been remedied.
# 3 Get Expert Advice
Also, the Humane Society suggests contacting the HSUS or emailing them directly. They can provide expert advice on what you should do.
To keep your dog warm, another way is with coats and jackets!