Bill would punish owners who leave pets behind during disasters
Violators could face jail time, $5,000 fine
Hurricane season is a few weeks away, but preparations like tree removal and trimming are already underway in parts of Central Florida.
Preparedness is just part of living in the Southeast in the months leading up to June 1. However, dozens of pets are still left behind during evacuations.
A bill introduced by State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, would punish pet owners for leaving a dog tied up and unattended outside during man-made or natural disasters. That includes hurricanes, tropical storms and tornadoes.
The first-degree misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to a year in jail. The bill would also impose a fine of up to $5,000. Gruters’ bill (SB 1738) would take effect July 1.
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