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A Chicago Lawmaker Is Seeking to Better Protect Canine Companions

January 30, 2021

To Alderman Ray Lopez for introducing an ordinance to increase protection for dogs left outside in extreme weather conditions.

Changing seasons from fall to winter can be an enjoyable time of year for some, especially if you live in an area where the changes are felt⚊cooler temperatures and winter weather. But these changes can be deadly for the canines who live outdoors and are exposed to extreme weather conditions. Sadly, throughout the country, many heart-breaking cases of dogs suffering and succumbing to the elements happen. This reality has pushed some individuals to advocate for laws to protect dogs from this form of human neglect.

Recently in Nevada, the tragic death of Lily stirred the North Las Vegas City Council to pass an ordinance to protect dogs left in extreme heat. The law requires “all animals outdoors should have shade and shelter when temperatures are over 85 degrees, and that pet owners must provide a cooling system such as water misting or air conditioning if temperatures exceed 105 degrees.”

According to a recent news article, Chicago’s Alderman Ray Lopez (District 15) is advocating for better laws for canines who are left exposed to the city’s brutal, frigid weather. Some dog owners fail to realize that dogs can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just like humans. Alderman Lopez’s ordinance would prohibit owners from tethering their dogs between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m unless there is adequate shelter. This adequate shelter will need to keep a dog warm by providing “clean, dry bedding…insulating material that does not retain moisture, such as straw of sufficient depth for the dog to burrow.” The shelter also needs to allow a dog the ability to easily “stand up and turn around” with an opening covered by “flexible, wind-proofing material or self-closing door.”

Another requirement specifies that tethering would not be allowed for more than 30 minutes during weather advisories or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If passed, a $2,500 fine will be issued to owners who violate the ordinance, and for those who will not adhere to the law, they will be required to surrender their dog after the third violation.

Take Action: Chicago residents, please contact your alderman to show your support for this ordinance, and please contact Alderman Lopez to show your appreciation for helping to protect the city’s canine friends. Learn some important winter care tips here or order our free brochure.

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