The new law is harsh but necessary.

In Pennsylvania, if you’re a pet owner, you’re going to have to be more cautious now that it’s illegal to leave them out in the cold. Additionally, pets aren’t allowed to be kept in dirty or unsanitary kennels.

One might wonder why this law is required since it’s common knowledge that no living being should be abandoned in freezing temperatures. But there are some who aren’t equipped with this common sense. Thus, the new animal cruelty has been implemented.


According to Fox 43, House Bill states the law:

In temperatures below 32 degrees, you can only keep a dog tethered for 30 minutes.

Your dog can only be outside for a maximum of nine hours in a 24-hour period.

Dog kennels must be sanitary and kept clean of excessive waste.

If you see an animal being abused or neglected, you are asked to report it to the police.

If you don’t comply with these laws, you could be charged with a felony.

If found breaking this law, the people responsible can be imprisoned from 90 days to seven years and fined from $300 to $15,000.

While many are happy with the implementation of this law, many are against it.

However, you have to admit that this would encourage caution and awareness among pet owners. There might be many laws against animal cruelty but Pennsylvania is the first state to actually have do something about it.

Titled Libre’s Law, in the loving memory of a Boston Terrier that was found abandoned in the cold, is a now a part of the government. It seems that Tom Wolf’s protection for pets and animals is starting to work because seven weeks after the law was passed, the authorities were notified by someone that a pet was being abused and neglected by their owner.

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