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Proposed ‘Shade Ordinance’ Aims To Protect Animals

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. - Regulations aimed at keeping pets safe in the summer heat take a step forward in Montgomery County.

The so-called "Shade Ordinance" would require dogs kept outside to have access to shade... as well as food, water and shelter.

The Executive Director of Animal Control wrote this resolution in response to what he says is an ongoing problem: dogs left outside for long periods of time with no escape from the sun.

A proposed ordinance would require outdoor domestic pets to have access to a sufficient amount of ventilated shade, if temperatures exceed 75-degrees.

"We thought it was necessary because animals don't have a voice on coming in and out of the weather," said Clifton.

County Commissioners will vote on this issue at their meeting next week. If it passes, it will go into effect immediately. The ordinance will be enforced by animal control officers. Violators will face a $50 fine.

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