You Can Now Go to Jail in Pennsylvania for Leaving Your Dog Out in the Cold

The state of Pennsylvania is buckling down about extreme weather condition.

According to WKBN, the state passed Libre’s Law this year, which boosts the charges for animal abuse and overlook cases, consisting of cases where family pets are left outside in the severe heat or cold.

Under Libre’s Law, a pet cannot be left leashed and alone outdoors for longer than 30 minutes in temperature levels that surpass 90 degrees or drop listed below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Animal owners found breaking these constraints might confront $750 in fines and approximately 90 days in prison, reports The Sacramento Bee.

These harsher charges are reached those who deliberately abuse, overlook or abuse their animals, with those charged with a third-degree animal abuse felony looking at fines approximately $15,000 and as many as 7 years in prison.

Those who see an animal struggling with abuse are prompted to call 911 to report the event. Owners who are condemned to abuse will be required to surrender their family pets to local shelters.

Libre’s Law is called for a Boston terrier who was found connected outside a Lancaster County farm emaciated and ill. Libre has since made a complete recovery and existed at the expense’s finalizing into law.

Pennsylvania cities are including more stringent animal neglect limitations, too. According to NBC10, Philadelphia has a new regulation that needs owners to bring their animals inside throughout a Code Blue (temperature levels listed below 20 degrees Fahrenheit), a Code Red (severe heat) and a Code Gray (severe rainfall). Those found breaking this regulation will be fined $500 on top of whatever charges they might get from the state.