In the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued a warning to pet owners regarding leaving dogs trapped in hot cars. Due to the reports they received about dogs suffering from heat wave, authorities warned owners that they could be fined or land in jail when caught. Now, the US State Pennsylvania is following their suit.
Just recently, state legislators submitted a law against leaving dogs tied up for longer than 30 minutes if it is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 90 degrees.
The bill was inspired by Libre, a rescue puppy found in terrible living conditions in Southern Lancaster County. Libre was already a survivor of neglect and abuse at just 7 weeks old. Thankfully, a brave samaritan tipped off local animal rescuers. Now, Libre has now recovered, encouraging authorities to make a change.
Violating Libre’s Law will call for a fine and jail time between 6 months to 1 year. “This won’t stop cruelty, but it will put an emphasis on the importance of justice for their suffering. The laws are recognition of their pain and what they deserve,” said cruelty officer for the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, Jennifer Nields.
Meanwhile, The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association rejoiced over Libre’s Law, calling it an “incredible victory for animals.” Pennsylvania is the first state to make a major move on protecting animals from harmful weather conditions.
Pet owners are reminded to keep their pet’s wellness in check and understand their temperature tolerance levels. Paws should be frequenly checked for injuries as well. Moreover, it is the pet parents’ responsibility to be alert on changing weather conditions. Always provide these fur babies with a pet sweater or coat to keep them warm.
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