Dogs are some of the best pets humans could ever have, thus, it’s our responsibility to take care of them just as they take care of us. However, many dogs across the world are neglected and abused by their owners. They are often left on the street to live on their own. This is one of the major reasons laws have to be made to protect them.
In the state of Pennsylvania, lawmakers signed the Libre’s law, which aims to protect dogs from harsh winter and scorching summer weather. The law makes it illegal to leave their dogs outside for more than 30 minutes if it’s under 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or over 90 degrees F (32.2 degrees C). “Don’t leave them outside. The new law is pretty clear. Anything under 32 degrees, anything over 90 degrees, your dogs are not allowed outside for more than 30 minutes,” Mercer County Humane Officer Paul Tobin said.
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According to BoredPanda, a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about "lightweight and inoffensive topics,” the law is named after Libre, a Boston terrier who was found tied up outside a farm in Lancaster County. Reports show that Libre was very ill and starving when she was found, but finally recovered and had a law named in her honor. She was even present when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the law into effect.
“Today we are sending a clear message that Pennsylvania will not tolerate animal cruelty in our state and will punish offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” Rep. Stephens said.
Rep. Stephens also said that it is sometimes necessary to pass laws like this because people might be unaware of the consequences of their actions. “Unfortunately, people often don’t recognize the harm that can come from leaving their pets outside in the elements. The goal of the law was to raise awareness to prevent animals from extended exposure to extreme weather conditions,” he added.