January 4, 2018

Pet Owners Could Face Fines For Keeping Dogs Out In Extreme Cold

Courtesy of FIDO

Courtesy of FIDO

Members of Indianapolis Animal Care Services have teamed up with Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside to respond to complaints and concerns about animals left in the extreme cold temperatures.  

In Indianapolis, it's against the law to keep your pet outdoors if the temperature is below 20 degrees, or if a wind chill advisory is issued.

When temperatures hit below 40 degrees, dogs must have shelter that is insulated with bedding, such as straw, and a cover over the opening that will allow the dog to shield itself from the cold temperatures to stay warm.

Pet owners who leave their pets outside in the harsh temperatures could face a fine.

“I don’t think the temperature is going to get above 20 until this weekend. I know the next two nights it’s going to be minus 8, minus 9. That is life threatening,” says FIDO Founder Darcie Kurtz. 

If you’re concerned about the safety of a pet, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622. You can also report an address on the Request Indy website.

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