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Leaving pets outside in extreme heat or cold could land owners in jail

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ILLINOIS (WREX) -

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation last week that makes leaving your pet outdoors in extreme weather a Class A misdemeanor if the pet is injured or dies.

Pet owners could pay a $2,500 fine, or face up to one year in jail if found guilty.

This bill was brought about by a large number of cases last winter where dogs died after being left outside in subzero temperatures.

The law goes into effect January 1, 2016.  The bill number is SB125.

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