Awesome news! New law makes leaving dogs out in the cold a felony

October 18, 2018 Stories

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With record-breaking cold temperatures, humane agents are reminding pet owners to keep animals inside where it’s warm. However, some dog owners still think that it’s okay to leave their dogs out in the cold. Finally, lawmakers must step in to teach them a lesson and take measures to protect dogs.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1238, better known as Libre’s 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. Under the law, if outside temperatures dip below freezing, or 32-degrees Fahrenheit, dogs cannot be left tethered outside for more than 30 minutes. There are some exceptions to the law, including tethering the dog for hunting or sport.

A person can face felony charges for intentionally torturing, neglecting, or abusing an animal to the point of severe injury or death. Punishment can be up to seven 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.

Editor’s note: In the video, Mercer County Humane Officer Paul Tobin is quoted as saying animals cannot be left outside for longer than 20 minutes while they’re tethered. The law says it is 30 minutes, not 20 minutes. The story online has been corrected.

Libre’s Law provides protection for pets against cruelty, abuse, and neglect.

Punishment can be up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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!

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