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VA – Petition pushing for state law against keeping dogs outside in harsh weather

By April 17, 2017June 20th, 2017Legislation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — One Virginia man is on a mission to prevent any more dogs from dying in harsh temperatures.

Gary Sweeney of Ashland started an online petition to draw attention to the topic. In just days, it’s garnered nearly 10,000 signatures.

“I think if anything it really validates the need for a law like this,” he said.

Sweeney, who says he’s always been a dog lover, is part of Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit animal rights organization.

He says Virginia needs a state law requiring dog owners to keep their dogs inside once the temperature drops below 35 degrees or exceeds 85 degrees.

Sweeney says he was moved by recent cases around the state like two dogs that froze to death in Frederick County and another that was found dead in Accomack County.

Both cases resulted in local charges, but Sweeney says there needs to be a standard across the state.


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