This law should be Nationwide.
Back in 2018 during the summer heat wave, the Royal Society for the Prevention of C.ru.e.l.ty to Animals received roughly 600 emergency calls about dogs suffering from the heat. Due to this overwhelming volume, the RSPCA issued a warning to pet owners regarding dogs left in cars: if the owners were found to be guilty of leaving their pets inside cars, then they could hit with an unlimited fine, or worse, jail time. However, this strict warning worked and it appeared that pet owners were more responsible and alert regarding weather conditions and their pets. After seeing just how effective the warning was, the state of Pennsylvania decided to followed suit.
Pennsylvania state legislators passed a law now making it “i.lle.gal” to leave dogs t.i.e.d up outside for more than 30 minutes in the weather is either colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or warmer than 90 degrees. The law was originally inspired by the rescue of Libre, a dog who was saved from his terrible living conditions in Southern Lancaster County. At only seven weeks old, Libre had already experienced tons trauma, neglect, and abuse at the hands of his owners. When a stranger discovered him in his tragic state, they immediately called a local animal rescue who managed to save him in the nick of time, and spare him a lifetime of misery. Since being rescued, Libre has made a full recovery, and has been influential in helping to shape the state legislation in order to help protect his fellow animals across Pennsylvania.
The legislation is expected to p.re.ve.n.t animal c.ru.e.lty that exposes pets to ex.tre.me weather conditions. Anyone who is found to be in violation of the law faces a stiff penalty in the form of a hefty fine as well as prison time – anything from six months to a year.
While a few other states have implemented laws that address and prevent owners from chaining their dogs for long periods of time, Pennsylvania is the first to address those dangers under ex.tre.me weather conditions.
If you are a pet owner, you should already be aware of the dangers of ex.tre.me weather and the impact it can have on your pet. And always check paws for in.ju.ry, invest in a warm pet sweater or coat, and take your pet for regular checkups during fall and wintertime.
And most importantly, always treat your pet with kindness.
Notice the picture is of a Saint Bernard, who love cold and snow! We’ve had 2. You couldn’t keep him in the house in bad weather, he’d b.u.r.n up. He loved rolling and playing in the snow. He would beg to get outside then curl up in the snow till it covered him up. I’d try to get him back in and he was having no part of it. He had a dog house he refused to use also. This picture shows what a saint looks like right after they have rolled and shoved their faces in the snow. On purpose.