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Philly councilman wants tougher penalties for abandoning pets

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Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) has just introduced a bill yesterday, Fed 6 ,2014 that would toughen penalties for leaving an animal outside in frigid weather,or during a heat wave. Councilman Johnson, said that this stemmed from calls he has gotten regarding pets left outside in his district. This would not,of course be enforced on responsible pet owners who are walking their pets or who are outside with their animals, while they get walked.

According to Tom Mosher, Director of Communications for the councilman's office, "The councilman is a dog lover and he is very upset to hear that people would leave an animal outside for extended periods of time. We got complaints on our Facebook page. People called our office. People might not realize they are hurting the animal. You might have been able to leave your pet outside last year because it was not as cold . This time, it's a much different story," Mosher said

. The bill is in it's infancy stage. The penalty will be addressed later. "This is a city ordinance we are looking to bring to pass", Mosher said. As the bill advances through council, there will be time for public comment.

Some people might think that their dog or cat wants to go outside. They have to remember,their pet is an animal. It does not know that being outside is not good for it's health. A baby might want to stick their fingers in an electric socket. It's the same difference. in fact,some dog breeds, like Pugs can get fatal liver damage by being outside for more than 15 minutes in the heat. However, the dog might want to enjoy being outside. "People have to take responsibility for their animals. The point behind this is to bring awareness to people ", said Mosher.

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