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A New Pennsylvania Law Makes It Illegal to Leave Dogs Outside in Extreme Weather

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Michele, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    A New Pennsylvania Law Makes It Illegal to Leave Dogs Outside in Extreme Weather


    A new Pennsylvania law makes it illegal for pet owners to leave their furry friends outside for a long period of time during extreme weather.

    Libre's Law, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf over the summer, increases penalties in animal neglect cases, including for leaving animals out in the cold too long.

    The law says animals cannot be tied up outdoors for more than 30 minutes when the temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees. "Your dog house that you have should keep them dry. If it rains and that freezes, that's awful. Please make sure that they can get out of the elements and they can get into the dog house and not actually be rained on. Have it raised off the ground if you can," Jennifer Vanderau, communications director for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, told NBC24.

    Violations related to Libre's Law range can lead to a fine or even jail time with a maximum possible sentence of 6 to 12 months.

    Here's hoping other city and states adopt a similar law!
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  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Given all the hunting dogs in PA and for how cold it gets, I'm really surprised the tethering part passed, it makes no sense.

    Animal owners should be aware of a series of changes that took effect Monday:
    • Increased penalties for animal cruelty, including the possibility of 90 days to seven years in jail and/or fines ranging from $300 to $15,000.
    • Extention of animal cruelty statutes from dogs and cats to horses.
    • Mandatory forfeiture of the animal upon conviction.
    • Tethered dogs must be provided water and shade and cannot spend more than nine hours of a given 24-hour period tethered. When temperatures are above 90 degrees, dogs cannot be tethered for more than 30 minutes. The leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is greater.
    • Vets and other professionals are shielded from lawsuits for reporting allegations of animal cruelty.
    • A new grading system for animal abuse that includes aggravated cruelty for cases in which the animal suffers serious bodily injury or death.
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  3. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member

  4. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Love that picture^^^^^^^ And that breed LOVES the cold. They got that double coat for extra warmth.
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  5. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member

    Gov. Wolf can eat a big bag of dicks.....

    People are posting this on FB left and right. They all make sure to tag me in it for some reason. Its like they like the fact that I have to switch from 20' circles to a little 5x15 run for each dog. My dogs now will have 1/3rd of their area taken away from them and kennels are much less secure for these dogs than chains are. The law is a total crock of shit and issues that led to this law passing should be judged on an individual basis not a tethering ban for all..

    Congratulations to the PA law makers for being ignorant dumb fucks.....

    What I did notice from the FB posts is they are saying you can't leave a dog outside in cold weather which is very misleading and actually not true at all. You can't leave them out TEATHERED in the cold. They can freeze their asses off all day and night in a kennel. All the misleading is going to result in a slew of phone calls all winter long to the AC. Yet, they still can't do shit about it if the dog is in a kennel, has access to water and has proper shelter.
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  6. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member

    The conversion from chain spot's to kennels has ran me just over 3 grand and still not done yet. Pa government is a bunch of fucking extortionists that don't know their assholes from a hole in the ground.
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  7. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    This law has some legitimacy, I've read various news articles about small breeds such as Chis and Dachshunds dying in the cold because people just don't care. The issue is when you have to make laws to force people to 'care' for their pet there's just going to be problem after problem with that person, there's all too many ways to kill a dog.
    Breed does play a huge role, but I am not sure that they take that into consideration. My BBM gets a heck of a lot colder than my last dogs, a GSD and a Pyrenees. The Pyrenees really could be in the cold without a dog house, she had one, but would literally sleep in the snow.
    I think some people make honest mistakes too, some forget their dog is even outside, and in that case it's unfortunate that this person who made a mistake would be prosecuted for it.
  8. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member

    I think working breeds should have their own laws and policies. It's not like it would take a whole lot of work to classify some basic known working class dogs. To be completely honest, they really should mind their own fucking business but since they won't, they need to work on the working breeds imho.
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