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Just In Time For Winter, This State Has Passed A Law Aimed At Protecting Pets

An Arctic blast has descended upon much of the nation, and the temperatures are downright frigid in certain areas. Warm clothes are a must for those that have to take a trek outside, and you can be sure the vast majority of them can’t wait to get back into the comforts of home. It’s downright wicked cold in many necks of the woods right about now, and it doesn’t look like the cold front will be going away too fast.

When it’s incredibly cold and you have to go outside, it’s next to impossible not to think about getting back home as soon as possible. Visions of warm clothes, comfortable temperatures, and a warm beverage go dancing through your head, and you can feel a serious sense of relief once you walk through the front door. The same holds true for our four-legged friends that have to take a trip outside to take care of business, as they get particularly excited when it’s time to go back in.

Don’t let those coats of fur fool you - it’s cold for them too, especially for those pets that have grown accustomed to the comforts of home. When it’s dangerously cold outside for humans, the same holds true for cats and dogs. Unfortunately, there are far too many folks out there that don’t realize that, and they wind up putting their pets in danger.

Whether it’s intentional or not is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that it needs to stop, and one state is going to great lengths to raise awareness and deter people from acting irresponsibly with their pets.

As Goodfullness shares, the state of Pennsylvania has implemented Libre’s law, which is named after a pup that was dealing with some horrible living accommodations before being rescued. A concerned neighbor tipped off the authorities and Libre was able to be saved.

The new law aims to avoid further problems, and it spells things out specifically for pet owners. It is now prohibited to keep pets tied up outside for more than a half hour when the temps rise to 90 degrees or above, as well as when they dip to 32 degrees or below.

“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,” explained Jennifer Nields, cruelty officer for the Lancaster County Animal Coalition.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association is also completely on board, noting that the law is an “incredible victory for animals.”

We’ll concur wholeheartedly with both assessments. While no law on the books is going to completely do away with instances of animal cruelty, each and every deterrent that’s put in place is a step in the right direction.

There’s zero reason for a pet to be left outside for more than a half hour in uncomfortable temps, and this law helps to make that crystal clear for those that may be confused about things. We’ll hold out hope that no one needs to be held accountable under Libre’s Law, but it’s good to know there are some jurisdictions that are paying some extra special attention to the safety of our four-legged friends.

Source: Goodfullness
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