Some dog owners think it’s okay to leave their dogs out in the cold…
It’s a shame that lawmakers must step in and take measures to protect dogs from their own owners, but that’s exactly what a new Pennsylvania law will do during harsh winter weather.
Pennsylvania signed into law, last June, House Bill 1238, better known as Libre’s Law. The law provides protection for pets against cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Part of that law includes leaving pets out in the harsh winter conditions. Such actions could result in felony charges.
The law states that animals cannot be left outside for more than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Any dog owner breaking this law can face felony animal cruelty charges, which can include a punishment of 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
These tougher laws will hopefully deter pet owners from subjecting their animals to any mistreatment. Anyone in the state who sees a pet being subjected to abuse or neglect is encouraged to call 911 immediately.
Watch the video below to learn more!
*Note: In the video, Officer Tobin accidentally misquotes the law. It is 30 minutes, not 20 minutes.
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