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Delaware Bill Protects Dogs from the Cold


Dog owners would not be allowed to leave their dogs out in the cold for more than 15 minutes if it poses a risk to their health or safety.

That’s according to a measure now under consideration by the Delaware legislature.

WBOC reports that current law only requires that dogs be kept inside if the National Weather Service issues a hazardous weather warning.

First time violations would incur a hundred fine.

Repeat offenses could run as high as $500.

The measure does exempt dogs who have shelters that keep them safe from rain, wind and the cold.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.