A city in Pennsylvania just passed a law limiting the amount of time you can leave your pet outside during the winter months. Is this something Grand Junction should consider?

I've been a dog person all my life. My radio career has prohibited my owning a pet for the last several years, too much moving and too many rental properties, but I'm looking forward to the day when I can have a dog again. I've owned dogs that spent most of their time outside and a couple that required to be kept indoors. My pets have lived a pretty righteous life. I just don't understand anyone that would leave their pets outside without proper shelter. Sadly there are some that do.

City leaders in Cumberland, PA are seeing to it that you take care of your pets during winter or you could wind up in big trouble. The law says you can't leave your dog outside in the freezing cold without adequate shelter for more than 30 minutes. The penalties are pretty stiff. Fines can range from a $50 to $750 and up to 90 days in jail for a first offense. Dog owners could be fined as much as $15,000 and seven years in prison for a third-degree neglect felony.

In my neighborhood, I've seen a few dogs left outside for most of the winter. They all see to be getting along just fine. Is this type of law something Grand Junction should consider or is this just another example of laws going too far?


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