Although there are many forms of animal cruelty, one of the
worst, according to the National Humane Society, is keeping
pets outdoors in bad weather. It’s very much real that the pet
society is evolving for the good as people now are more willing
to treat their pets as a family than they used to be a decade
ago. However, keeping your pets outside is a great source of
stress in today’s world.
Many states, for instance, have laws prohibiting the practice
of leaving dogs outdoors in adverse conditions or without
proper protection on a daily basis. These rules are made to
protect pets, but sadly, cats are often excluded from them. In
Florida, a proposed law aims to fix it.
Representative Emily Slosberg of Florida is now spearheading a
bill that will make it illegal to leave dogs AND cats outdoors
in harsh weather. As written, those who refuse to shelter dogs
and cats during weather hazards that are considered hazardous
to their health will soon face increasing penalties.
The conditions include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes,
extreme hot or cold, lightning, or tropical storms.
A written warning for the first offenders, then a $250 fine for
the second offenders, and finally a $500 fine for any future
offenders are among the increasing penalties.
Though animal welfare regulations are not entirely recent,
Slosberg’s inclusion of cats in the legislation could shift the
way many people look about and treat their furry companions.
For years, the National Humane Society has pushed states and
city councils to adopt and enforce laws protecting dogs that
live outdoors. For kittens, on the other hand, it still has to
gain traction. Difficulties arise as a result of the cat’s
Outside kept dogs are either tied or otherwise restrained. It
makes it possible to track down the people and take protective
measures for the animals. Outside cats, on the other hand, are
typically allowed to roam freely. Because of their rural
lifestyle, it can be difficult to ensure their safety and
strictly implement the laws.
Representative Slosberg’s bottom line, on the other hand, is
that cats and dogs should be treated equally. Both are domestic
animals, so both deserve to be well-protected by their human
guardians. Providing indoor shelter for cats during a weather
crisis is one of a pet owner’s fundamental duties.
Supporters of this law have pointed out that climate disasters
have left lots of domestic animals in difficult situations. For
instance, Hurricane Irma in 2017 resulted in hundreds of animal
rescues, including both dogs and cats. Although some of the
endangered species were certainly rescued from homes devastated
by the hurricane, all of the rescues would’ve been prevented if
the pets had been taken indoors before the disaster began.
Representative Slosberg’s bill will be debated in the upcoming
legislative session, which began on March 2. It has the power
to protect numerous species if passed.