Adopt Animal Cruelty Ordinance

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We are asking the Knox County Commission to adopt changes to the County's animal care ordinance that would include more adequate definitions of shelter, sufficient food and water, and protection from extreme weather conditions.

Currently, Tennessee state laws regarding animal cruelty are vague at best, and the definition of "adequate shelter" can be easily met but still results in the neglect and suffering of animals exposed to extreme cold and heat. We are asking that "extreme weather conditions" be defined as a heat index of 95 degrees Fahrenheit (95° F) or above as determined by the National Weather Service, freezing temperatures, severe thunderstorms, or tornados.

Animal Control officers have a difficult job determining whether or not to charge those who leave their pets in extreme weather conditions because of the vagueness of the laws at the state level. In many cases, pet owners meet the state's definition of "adequate shelter" but these shelters do not protect the animal from extreme cold and heat.

Please sign this petition so that it can be presented along with a proposed County ordinance to the Knox County Commission for consideration.

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