Dangerously cold: It’s illegal to leave pets outside during weather warnings

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(WWLP) – A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for most of western Massachusetts, and that means there are strict restrictions when it comes to leaving your pets outside.

Weather Alert: Dangerously cold wind chills through Tuesday morning

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.

The current Wind Chill Warning remains in effect in western Hampshire, western Hampden and western Franklin Counties until 5 a.m. Tuesday, in eastern Franklin County until 8 a.m. Tuesday, and in Berkshire County until 6:00 p.m. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect in central and eastern Hampshire County and central/eastern Hampden Counties until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

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. If you would like to read more about the law concerning tethering a dog, click here.

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