Many don’t understand how deadly it is to leave dogs in cars. Whether it’s a chilly winter day or lovely spring day, leaving your dog in your car or even chaining it outdoors could kill it.
After over 600 emergency calls about dogs suffering from the last heatwave, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued a warning to pet owners that pet owners who leave their pets in a car could land in jail.
Now, the state of Pennsylvania is following in the UK’s footsteps and enacting a similar law. The successful bid approaches a different problem; some people tie their dogs outside in extreme weather thinking their dogs will be just fine while in reality, they suffer.
The bid that finally turned into a law determines that people who leave dogs tied up for longer than 30 minutes if it is warmer than 90 degrees or colder than 32 degrees will be sentenced to jail.
The respected law was created in honor of a rescue puppy found in dreadful conditions in Southern Lancaster County. Libre, the poor pup was just 7 weeks old when he was forced to face a horrible situation which almost led him to certain death.
Luckily, a good-hearted passerby arrived at the scene and knew he had to rescue the hapless Boston terrier. He contacted the local animal rescue group which rescued the poor pup and inspired a real change.
Happily, Libre has recovered and got his second chance at a happy life.
One who violates the Libre’s Law will be stiffly fined and sentenced for up to 1 year of jail time.
Jennifer Nields, Cruelty officer for the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, said: 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.”
Pennsylvania is a pioneer when it comes to protecting animals from extreme weather conditions and has set a landmark in the animal rights world in the hope that other states will follow in its footsteps.
Another supporter, the Pennsylvania Medical Association called the animal protector law an “incredible victory for animals.”
The Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, took part in passing Libre’s Law. It is not the first time that Wolf worked to prevent animal cruelty. In the past, he helped to enact other laws such as making it illegal to leave pets in hot vehicles.
Although the law protects animals from severe weather, they can still suffer from dehydration, frostbite, or exposure. That is the reason why it is important to keep your pets warm during winter and provide them a cool place in the summertime.