With winter just ahead and cold temperatures starting to dominate the forecast, people are already trying to stay warm.
Where you are outside in the cold temperatures, If I want to warm up, put more clothes on and stay bundled up or go inside near a heater/fireplace. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy for dogs. It’s often difficult for them to get across when they’re truly cold, and some people leave them outside overnight with temperatures dropping rapidly.
Dogs can feel the cold just as we can, they do have higher body temperatures and their bodies are also covered in fur or hair. Some may have shaggy coat to help them against the elements, but in truly cold weather they need to be inside …
The state of Pennsylvania has just introduced a new law stating that it’s illegal to leave a dog alone outside for longer than 30 minutes in temperatures that drop below 32 degrees or exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Pet owners found violating these restrictions could face up to $750 in fines and up to 90 days in jail.
The law was made in dedication to Libre, a dog who suffered in terrible conditions. Libre was one of the lucky ones; saved before he could become another statistic of abuse and neglect.
It’s been reported that anyone who violates Libre’s law can be handed up to a year in prison.
“This won’t stop animal abuse, but it will emphasize the importance of justice for animal suffering,” said Jennifer Nields, who works at the Lancaster County Animal Coalition.
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association also welcomed the new law, dubbing it: “an unprecedented profit for all animals.”
Pennsylvania is the first state to take a stand when it comes to protecting animals from extreme weather conditions. Do you wish your state would follow suit?
Libre’s law comes as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s work in strengthening the laws that protect animal rights.
Many animal owners make the mistake of assuming that dogs are eternally warm due to their coats, but they can be susceptible to the cold too.
If you own a dog, always ensure it’s appropriately equipped when the temperature drops. Their paws are often a give away when the ground is too cold, so monitor your furry friend carefully.
If you spot a dog that looks like they are suffering in the cold, or have knowledge of someone who ignores the basic needs of their pets, be sure to contact the right authorities to ask for advice or help. God bless and stay warm this winter! You and your furry friends!