Illinois Pets Owners Can’t Leave Pets Under Harsh Conditions, Law Says

Edwin Martinez was arrested January 1st, after leaving his dog outside overnight in his Winthrop Harbor home, in what police found to be an improper shed with no food or water.

Even though, Martinez thought he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he was charged with animal cruelty as a misdemeanor. But a second time would be considered a felony.

Laws are constantly being passed to help protect Human Rights, but what about dog’s right? These animals need to be protected as well, since a lot of animal cruelty is threatening their lives.

On January 1st, 2016, a new law took effect in order to punish those that commit animal cruelty. The law, amended, named and walloped into being, the Humane Care for Animal Act states:

“No owner of a dog or cat may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions”.


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  1. Undertaking the effort to housetrain a dog, while providing assurances and praise, with an “ah-ah” when he or she does something that’s not desired, and a “good dog,” (small treat optional)when the dog does what it should, like responding to “go potty.” Like a small child, they can learn the desired behavior limitations and privileges allowed in their family. They love hugs when they do well, or most other times during the day.

    • It’ hard to imagine how some owners do not consider their dogs as part of their family. Whereas they become trained to “go potty” outside, either on a leash or in a safely fenced yard, they should never be subjected to conditions that could be harmful to them like extreme heat, rain, or snow, without being able to come back into the house when ready.

  2. I hope that my comments above may be helpful to those who either have a dog or might like to have one at sometime in the future.


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