Pass a California Law to Protect Dogs in Harsh Weather. Protect Our Furbabies!
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THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ADVOCACY TO PROTECT OUR DOGS.
LETS GIVE THEM A VOICE!!!
And they need our help to give them the voice they need to protect them!
Legislation is greatly needed in the State of California, requiring dog owners to keep their pets indoors once the temperature drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures.
For Example, look what happening in the state of Virginia:
On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia, surrounded by snow, ice, and vomit. Her neck was bound tightly by a short chain that prevented her from reaching her plastic, uninsulated igloo, and she died an agonizing death, alone.
She was named posthumously named "Rainbow."
Rainbow's owner, Jose Berlanga, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to provide proper shelter. General District Judge Gordon Vincent found Berlanga guilty of both counts. He was fined $650 and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
However, the entire jail sentence was suspended, as was $500 of the $650 fine. In the end, Berlanga paid a fine of $150 for Rainbow's death.
Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. These are just a FEW cases from Virginia
Two Pit Bull Dogs Freeze to Death in Frederick County, VA
Owner gets second animal cruelty charge after pit bull dies from heat stroke in Henrico, VA
Two dogs die of heat stroke in Newport News, VA
Suffolk, VA woman charged with cruelty in dog death
Dog dies of excessive heat in Bristol, VA
Dog freezes to death in Accomack County, VA (Rainbow)
Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Car Outside Virginia PetSmart
The general consensus is that dogs are not susceptible to harsh climates, and that their fur makes them resistant to such temperatures. This is untrue. To the contrary, dogs suffer a great deal in these conditions.
Numerous animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States, have urged pet owners to keep their animals inside during times of extreme and inclement weather.
Recently, there have been several cases of people leaving their pets chained outside, day and night, in extreme weather. Many of these animals FROZE TO DEATH and there is NO LEGAL RECOURSE TO PROTECT THEM OR TO HOLD THEIR OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE!
We are appealing to you to help us protect our best friends!
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather:
DC Mayor signs "Momma's Law"
See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year:
And in Indianapolis:
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