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Law protecting dogs in extreme weather passes in Buffalo

Posted at 4:54 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 16:54:22-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A law that protects dogs from being tethered for over an hour in extreme weather conditions has been passed by the Buffalo Common Council.

According to Councilmember Joel Feroleto, who sponsored the ordinance, the "common sense legislation will protect dogs in extreme weather."

In the law, extreme weather is defined as temperatures over 90 degrees or below freezing.

Those who violate the ordinance will face a fine of $250 for the first offense. The penalty escalates for each additional offense.

Councilmember Feroleto worked with the SPCA Serving Erie County, University at Buffalo Animal Law Clinic and the City of Buffalo Law department in sponsoring the ordinance.