It’s the law: Dogs can’t be tethered outside, left in car during extreme heat

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(WWLP) – A Heat Advisory is in effect for western Massachusetts, and that means there are strict restrictions when it comes to leaving your dog outside or in the car.

Under Massachusetts law, it is illegal to keep your dog(s) tethered outside for longer than 15 minutes during a weather advisory, warning, or watch. Tuesday’s Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Pets in Massachusetts are also protected by law when it comes to hot cars. Pet owners are prohibited from leaving animals inside cars during extreme heat. According to the law, a bystander, police, and firefighters may enter the car if, “reasonably necessary to prevent imminent danger or harm to the animal,” after making an effort to locate the owner and calling 911.

No matter the weather, Massachusetts law prohibits tethering dogs outside for more than five hours at a time. The law also prohibits the tethering of dogs anytime from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except for a maximum of 15 supervised minutes.

Owners who violate these laws will be fined anywhere between $50 for first offenses to $300 for subsequent violations.

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