The City of Laredo reminds all pet owners of local law that requires pets be untethered and protected from the elements during extreme weather conditions.
The Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Chapter 6 Animals and Fowl, Section 6-42 states, among other clauses, that an owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of restraint when the outdoor temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The ordinance also recommends that dogs be brought indoors if the temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
This week, temperatures will be well below 50 degrees Fahrenheight and close to freezing at night. Make sure pets have easy access to clean water and food, they are checked on regularly, have protection from the elements using a dog house, and that they are not restrained in any manner that unreasonably limits their movement or puts their safety at risk.
Furthermore, the City of Laredo recommends you bring your pets, including cats, indoors during these next few days. Small dog breeds and puppies are especially sensitive to colder weather.
City of Laredo code enforcement officers will be visiting pet owners who have been reported to the city for being in violation to investigate and inform owners of how to be in compliance with local law. Failure to follow the ordinance, or evidence of animal cruelty or neglect may result in the seizure of the animal to Laredo Animal Care Services and/or result in a citation.
If you have questions about the ordinance,or want to report a violation, please call 3-1-1.