By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a new ordinance in place this winter in Philadelphia that requires dog owners to bring their pet indoors in the event of extreme cold.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
City Council passed a law last year. It’s the first winter that officials can enforce dogs need to have a warm place to stay when the city issues a Code Blue.
Susan Cosby is with the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia or ACCT Philly.
“If there is a Code Blue in effect, citizens are going to be subjected to fines that can be as high as $500. So people want to take proactive action and get their dogs inside,” said Cosby.
Code Blue emergency is declared by the city when the real-feel temperature is near or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
If you see a dog kept out in the extreme cold, call ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800.
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