Illinois Passes Bill to Penalize Those Who Leave Pets Outside During Extreme Weather

Even mildly warm temperatures can have dire effects on pets left in cars. Photo from North Utah Valley Animal Shelter

Thanks to a bill recently passed by the Illinois House, people who leave their pets outdoors during extreme hot or cold weather in that state can now be subjected to stiff penalties and fines.

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago sponsored the bill as a response to reports of a number of dogs dying after being left outside in freezing temperatures during this past winter.

“This happens a lot. … I think we see it in the city of Chicago also,” Feigenholtz told the Chicago Tribune. “Our alderman’s office gets calls all the time, and perhaps this will give us an opportunity to address the problem.”

Those who break the law can be subject to a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to one year in jail.

I think this law is a great idea, and hope that other states adopt their own similar legislation. If it’s too cold or hot outside for humans, then it’s too cold or hot for Fluffy and Fido. So please keep this in mind, ladies and gents.

And remember: Never leave a pet in a car on a warm day for even a few minutes. The temperature inside a car on a hot day can reach as much as 160 degrees in less than 30 minutes. So please, leave your pooches and kitties at home on during the dog days of summer.

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