Protect Vermont dogs from being tethered or confined outside too long in extreme cold/heat

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In Vermont, it is legal for a dog to spend its entire life chained up outside, provided it has food, water, and a shelter.  While many other States around the country are enacting legislation that make it illegal to leave a dog out in the cold and make animal abuse a felony, Vermont remains in the dark ages with its animal cruelty laws.

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington D.C. are among just a few that recently passed new laws protecting dogs from being left out in the cold or extreme heat.  Libre's Law in Pennsylvania stipulates that a dog cannot be left leashed for longer than 30 minutes in cold weather temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or for longer than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 degrees.  In Pennsylvania, it is a felony to do so.  

We believe there is broad and deep support for the introduction of new legislation that would make it illegal to leave Vermont dogs chained up outside for too long in extreme temperatures.