Indianapolis Is Doing THIS To Dog Owners Who Leave Their Pets Outside

Indianapolis Is Doing THIS To Dog Owners Who Leave Their Pets Outside12Shares

Dogs are incredible creatures.

When you've had a bad day, their snouts find a way of landing in your lap. Before you know it, you're jumping and playing and romping along with them and the bad day is long forgotten.

When you need to get out of the house for a walk, you've always got a willing companion, rain or shine.

And you know that nobody in the world will greet you when you get home from work like your dog will.

Yep, they're members of the family, through and through. But unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen, without any malice. And they seem to happen more often in winter.

Just because dogs have fur doesn't mean they stay warm outside in winter.

Sure, it helps – but it's not magic. It works much like your own coat in winter, and you wouldn't want to stay outside all night.

Some breeds do better than others in the cold, it's true.

Huskies and Malamutes were bred for the cold. They're double-coated, so they can endure colder temperatures.

But they're the exception to the rule – and even they need to come inside sometimes.

Many dogs do enjoy a romp in the snow, but it's not all fun and games all the time for them.

Indianapolis was having a problem with dog owners who thought their dogs would be okay outside in winter.

The local animal control got tired of all the calls they were getting about dogs left outside.

So, they did something about it.

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control believes that most of the problems aren't from maliciousness or neglect from owners, but simply not knowing better.

So they gave pet owners a list of times to bring dogs inside.

When the temperature dips below 20 degrees, dogs have to come inside.

Dogs also have to come inside when there's a wind-chill warning.

And the ordinances apply in summer, too. Dogs need to come inside when the mercury rises above 90 degrees or there's a heat advisory.

Also when there's a tornado warning.

There are rules for dog houses as well.

If the temperature is below 40, dogs in Indianapolis must have a house with moisture-wicking bedding.

Typical dog blankets will absorb moisture, which will freeze.

And yes, there are penalties for not following the new ordinances.

Fines for not following the ordinance range from $25 to $200 and come with a court appearance as well.

Obviously proper supervision is key, and now pet owners have a good reason to keep an eye on their pooches.

So hopefully pet owners can stay safe this winter and keep everyone happy and enjoying the outdoors!