In the summer, there are always stories of dogs who have been left in cars for too long. Many of them suffer major health complications—and can even die from it.
In the winter, it’s the opposite problem. If a dog is left in a car for too long when it’s freezing cold outside, they could suffer major health consequences.
Many states have even signed laws making it illegal to neglect pets in extreme conditions. Pennsylvania has taken this one step further.
According to a new Pennsylvania law, it is illegal for pet owners to leave their dogs outside in extreme weather. Pet owners in violation of this could be made felons according to the new law.
The penalties for breaking this law could be fines from $50 to $750 and up to 90 days in jail for a minor offense. For a third-degree felony, the penalty could be up to a $15,000 fine and seven years in prison.
According to Jennifer Vanderau, communications director from Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, “Your doghouse that you have should keep them dry. If it rains and that freezes, that’s awful. Please make sure they can get out of the elements and they can get into the dog house and not actually be rained on.”
According to this law, a dog cannot be tethered outside for more than 30 minutes when there are extreme weather conditions. This includes temperatures above 90 degrees and below 32 degrees.
With some dogs, it’s important to be even more careful with putting them outside. If you have a small dog without thick fur, make sure to keep an eye on them to make sure that they’re not too cold outside.
If you’re not sure how your dog will handle extreme weather, talk to your veterinarian about the best way of helping your dog through the harsher months.
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