Hot! New Pet Law in Illinois Could See Owners Jailed or Given Large Fines

Illinois has introduced a new law protecting cats and dogs being left outside in extreme weather.

Pet owners will now be fined $2,500 or face up to a year behind bars if they are found to have left their four legged friend to fend for themselves in very hot or very cold temperatures.

The new law has been praised by veterinarians, but a Dr Kirsty Hook feels she would like to see an even stricter law in place. She argues that pets can get frostbite from even 20 minutes in the cold.

The law is a result of a high number of pet deaths due to the cold last winter.

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