Bill Introduced to Define Adequate Shelter for Dogs & Cats

A bill recently introduced to the state legislature is requesting that lawmakers define what “adequate shelter” necessarily means for dogs and cats, which is provided by their owners. The bill is being sponsored by Representative Andrew Sorrell and would clarify that reasonable shelter for outside pets consist of a barn with a roof and sides that is big enough for the animal to turn around and lie down in.

This shelter would serve as an area to keep cats and dogs dry, warm, and away from extreme temperatures, according to Representative Sorrell. This is not a new law however, it is to clarify an existing law that can penalize a pet owner for depriving an animal of “adequate or necessary shelter.” Sorrell also says that a floor is not required for shelter, and the bill only applies to domestic dogs and cats.


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