Florida Bill Could Punish Owners For Abandoning Dogs, Restrain Dogs During Hurricane
By WESH // March 19, 2019
if passed, bill would go in effect on July 1
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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