You Can Now Get Jail Time for Leaving Your Dog Out in the Cold Snow | 22 Words

A new law that was recently passed in Pennsylvania states that you can now face jail time if you leave your dog alone outside in the cold weather and snow.

Here's what we know so far...

Now, out of all the amazing Christmas presents that people will be receiving this year...

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There's nothing quite like receiving the love of a puppy or a dog during the festive season!

There's a reason why dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world...

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And a family really isn't complete without a 4-legged furry companion, right?

They provide us with years of happiness and love...

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But it's important to remember that a dog isn't just for Christmas.

They're more than just cute and cuddly pets...

Having a dog requires a lot of care and responsibility, which is something that many dog owners sadly don't realize.

And that especially applies to dog owners who get their furry buddles of joy over the festive season!

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Puppies and dogs are popular gifts over this time of the year, but it's so important to make sure to take care of them properly.

And if owners don't take care of their dogs properly...

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They can face some serious consequences.

We're facing some very cold weather at the moment...

And Pennsylvania has put some new rules in place to ensure the safety of dogs all across the state this Christmas time.

The new rule may seem a little drastic...

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But dog owners from far and wide are happy about its severity and they hope it'll teach irresponsible owners a lesson when it comes to keeping their pups warm and safe this Christmas.

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From now on, it will be illegal to leave dogs tied up for longer than thirty minutes if it is colder than thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit...

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Or warmer than ninety degrees.

The law was originally inspired by a rescue dog named Libre, who was found in terrible living conditions in Southern Lancaster County.

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At only 7 weeks old, Libre experienced immense trauma, neglect, and abuse from his owners. But when a good samaritan discovered him in this tragic state, they phoned local animal rescuers who saved him from a lifetime of grief.

Named Libre's Law, the legislation is expected to prevent animal cruelty by subjecting their pets to extreme weather conditions.

Anyone found in violation of the law faces both a stiff fine as well as anywhere between 6 months to 1 year in prison.

Lawmakers are hoping this will open the eyes of dog-owners across the country.

Jennifer Nields, the cruelty officer for the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, affirmed: "This won’t stop cruelty, but it will put an emphasis on the importance of justice for their suffering. The laws are recognition of their pain and what they deserve."

While several other states have instituted laws that prevent owners from chaining their dogs for long periods of time...

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Pennsylvania is the first to address the dangers of doing so under inclement or harsh weather conditions.

Let's hope that this law will prevent further suffering...

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And let's also hope that people receiving puppies as gifts this Christmas time will realize the responsibility that comes with them. Read on to check out the proud owner who gathered his seventeen sausage dogs for a festive family photo...