Governor Christie signed a bill that will make it illegal to leave your dog or cat outside in extreme temperatures.

State Director of the Humane Society Brian Hackett says the new law makes it a crime to leave pets outdoors without proper shelter for more than 30 minutes in temperatures over 90 degrees or under 32 degrees.

The law also states that dog tethers be at least 15 feet long and forbids keeping dogs tied up outside overnight. Dogs that are nursing puppies or dogs less than 4 months old cannot be left tethered at all.

Break this new law? Get hit with a disorderly person's offense, punishable by fines up to $2,000.

bruno & sebastian
Bruno & Sebastian, Varacchi's dogs

My dogs are both indoor dogs, so we don't have to worry about this law. It's actually kind of sad that people have to be threatened to bring their dogs in out of the heat or cold, instead of yknow, just using common sense to take care of your pet.

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