- City Council unanimously approved a law Tuesday requiring doghouses to be waterproof and lined with bedding that resists dampness. The houses also must be equipped with self-closing doors or flaps.
....Violators of the law, which will take effect within 10 days, can lose their dogs and face maximum penalties of 90 days in jail and a $700 fine.
Councilman Joseph Vitale, a beagle owner, said he supported the measure because, "There are more laws on the books about how to hunt animals than how to take care of them."
The law was sparked by residents who called police because they were concerned that a woman was leaving her golden retriever tied up outside. [AP]
I guess it's admirable that the city is looking after the dogs, but they don't seem to be taking into account that different breeds of dogs handle the cold differently depending upon their furriness and other highly scientific variables. The bottom line is use some common sense: if you're going to have a pet, then take care of it.