A new bill seeks to file criminal charges against owners who abandon their dogs outside during natural and manmade disasters, according to Florida Senate.
The bill numbered SB 1738 would make those dog owners accountable who leave their dogs outside in times of tornados and hurricanes with a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum fine mentioned in this bill is up to $5,000.
This bill was introduced at the start of this month and it passed in the Senate’s Agricultural Committee with zero opposition this Monday (18/March/2019).
If the bill gets passed, the bill would come into effect from July 1, 2019, almost thirty days after the start of hurricane season.
Reports and news about pets abandoned during natural calamities drew public outrage in the past as hurricanes destroyed the nation.