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Pennsylvania’s Laws Make It Illegal To Leave Your Dog More Than 30 Minutes Out In Extreme Temperatures


Imagine being forced to stay outside with only a light jacket while the temperature is -20. Or, better yet, imagine not being able to take off that jacket when it’s extremely hot outside and you are sweating like crazy.

Imagine not having a warm and dry place where you can lie down and rest, or a cool shade where you can catch your breath and survive the dangerous heat wave during mid-summer. If that’s not scary enough for you, imagine not having food or water during those extreme weather temperatures.

Feeling miserable yet? Yes, I know. I’d feel that way too.

Luckily, this isn’t something most humans go through. It is something most stray dogs face on a regular basis. Yes, they have thicker fur. But that doesn’t mean that these lovely creatures can always survive the cold, harsh winter nights or long, hellish summer days.

That is exactly why Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf worked hard to enforce the laws about protecting and sheltering the dogs that are left out in extreme temperatures.

The law is called Libre’s Law, in honor of the dog that was rescued from a horrible living situation in southern Lancaster County. This seven-weeks-old puppy had endured abuse and neglect from its owners for a very long time and it is a miracle that he even survived. However, thanks to the actions of loving and caring human beings, he was rescued and eventually made full recovery.

So, according to this new law, dogs cannot be left outside in extreme temperatures for more than 30 minutes. This basically means that it is now illegal to leave your dog chained in cold weather temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and hot weather temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ones who will be caught violating these laws will be fined up to $750 or face up to 3 months of jail time. Severe violators of these laws will face felony charges and will most likely be fined up to $15,000.

I honestly hope that Libre’s Law will inspire people to keep fighting for animal’s rights and create more laws about protecting the animals in our environment.

Warmer weather is approaching us, so if you, by any chance see a dog suffering in sun, don’t hesitate to report the situation by taking note of the time, date and the location where you found the dog, contact your local animal shelters or the county sheriff’s office, and of course get expert’s advice on the subject. 

If you don’t know where to call, try contacting The Humane Society. They cannot give you a piece of legal advice, but they will gladly provide you with expert counsel on this subject.

And whatever you do, please remember. These lovely creatures, they don’t have anyone else in the world except us. Let’s take care of them the way they take care of us. Let’s fight for their rights.

Because, at the end of the day, all lives matter!

Source: OutwardHound.com