Florida Bill Could Punish Owners For Abandoning Dogs, Restrain Dogs During Hurricane

By  //  March 19, 2019

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if passed, bill would go in effect on July 1

The Florida Senate has introduced a bill that could punish owners for abandoning and restraining a dog during a hurricane. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (WESH) – The Florida Senate has introduced a bill that could punish owners for abandoning and restraining a dog during a hurricane.

Bill 1738, introduced by Sen. Joe Gruters, would prohibit a person from restraining a dog outside and unattended during a man-made disaster or a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

The bill states those who do this would be committing animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first-degree. If the bill is passed, those who violate the bill could face a fine of up to $5,000.

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