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You can be fined for dog left outside in cold

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 22:07:13-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the temperatures get into the single digits this week, it's important to not only remember to bundle up and keep warm, but to also remember the four-legged friends in the neighborhood.

The Indianapolis municipal code states that dogs must be brought inside when the temperature is at or below 20 degrees or when there is a wind chill warning.

It is now a violation of city ordinance (revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, Indianapolis/Marion County,...

Posted by IMPD News on Monday, January 11, 2016

An exception is when the animal is with the owner outside.

Dogs also have to have access to a shelter with walls on all sides and a roof. 

Anybody found in violation of the ordinance must pay a fine of more than $25 for their first offense. On their second offense, they will have to pay a fine of more than $200, and could lose the animal.

Animal neglect cases can be reported at 317-327-4622. Marion County Animal Care and Control can impound dogs it believes are in need of care and treatment.

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