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New proposed bill seeks to protect pets left outside during severe weather in Florida

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:52:30-04

(WTXL) — People who leave dogs outside and unattended during freezing temperatures or other severe weather could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $5,000.

The proposal by Senator Joe Gruters would lead to first-degree misdemeanor charges for people who leave dogs outside, “regardless of whether the dog has access to an outdoor shelter,” when the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory or warning.

The bill is filed for the 2020 legislative session.

If passed, it would take effect beginning July 1, 2020.

For more on the proposed bill, click here.