A new ordinance in Dane County, Wisconsin makes it illegal for a dog to be left outside, without appropriate shelter, for more than 15 minutes during inclement weather, including both extremely cold AND extremely hot days.
Lead animal control officer Patrick Comfert explained to WKOW, “That’s weather like we’re having right now, where the dog could freeze to death, [with] frostbite would suffer injury,” says Comfert. “Same thing in the summer, if it was super hot and sunny and it was going to overheat.”
Comfert and other animal control officers respond to every call they receive reporting an animal in distress. After so many calls due to dogs left outside and without adequate shelter, the ordinance was put into place. Additionally, the officers understand that certain breeds, like Huskies or Malamutes can thrive in cold, snowy weather, but insists they absolutely must still have shelter, with appropriate bedding like hay or straw, available.
Would you welcome this same ordinance in your own community?