The law will be put into place in Pennsylvania, and will help protect dogs from suffering in the colder months. The "Libre's Law" states that there will be severe penalties for those who chose to leave their pets leashed out in extreme weather for more than 30 minutes. The law goes into effect if the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or exceeds 90 degrees.
There are different degrees of charges. A summary offence will result in $50-$750 in fines and 90 days in jail, while a third-degree felony will cost abusive owners $15,000 and seven years in prison.
Local shelters have been providing advice to dog owners, saying that “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.”
The law was named after a Boston terrier who was found tied up outside in the cold. Libre was emaciated, sick, and left outside alone, but has made a full recovery.
They are also adding some strict ordinances that require animal owners to bring their pets inside, which if violated will add an extra $500 to their fine. Code Blue will be for when temperatures dip below 20 degrees F, Code Red for extreme heat, and Code Gray for extreme precipitaton.