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.

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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.

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If you see a dog kept out in the extreme cold, call ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800.


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