Law makes it illegal to leave pets outside in freezing temps for too long

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WKRC) -- A new law in Pennsylvania that aims to protect dogs during cold weather could put owners behind bars, according to a report by WHTM.

The bill states that you could end up in jail or pay fines if you leave your dog outside in freezing temperatures without adequate shelter for more than 30 minutes.

Penalties could include fines ranging from $50-$750 and 90 days in jail for a summary offense. For a third-degree felony, owners could receive up to a $15,000 fine and seven years in prison.

“Your doghouse 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,” said Jennifer Vanderau, communications director for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

Locals have been instructed to contact the county humane officer if they see a dog left outside in the cold.