Failing to provide adequate shelter from the cold could result in up to $999 fine and/or a year in jail
As the Denver Metro area braces for several days of bitter cold, Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure pets are protected from the elements. Failing to do so could have dire consequence for pets and result in a Cruelty to Animals or Animal Neglect charge, up to a $999 fine and/or a year in jail for the owner.
Ideally, the best way to protect pets from extreme temperatures is to avoid long-term outdoor exposure. However, if pets have to be outside for longer durations, Denver city ordinance requires that pets have adequate outdoor shelter such as a dog house, porch area, or a similar structure that allows the animal to escape the elements.
Further insulating the shelter or adding a “doggie door” to a garage or covered area adds another layer of protection from the cold.
Additional tips include:
For information about Denver’s Animal Protection ordinances or additional pet safety tips, visit www.denveranimalshelter.org.
As Denver’s nationally-accredited local public health agency, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DDPHE Divisions include Denver Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections.
For more information about DDPHE visit www.denvergov.org/EnvironmentalHealth. Follow us onwww.Twitter.com/DDPHE.
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