A new NJ State law, (S1640), bans leaving pets chained up outside in bad weather for extended periods of time, creating penalties for owners and allowing authorities to take custody of pets in some cases.
Under this new law, pets shall not be left unsheltered outdoors when temperatures fall below freezing or reach 90 degrees. Pet owners found in violation will face fines of $100 to $200 per incident if they’re caught leaving their animals unattended in adverse weather for more than 30 minutes at a time.
The law requires pet owners to evacuate their animals during declared weather emergencies and permits local governments or humane societies to take custody of an animal owned by a repeat offender.
It also prohibits other methods of “cruelly restraining” animals, including chaining up puppies and nursing mothers, leaving them outdoors unsheltered overnight or tying them up at abandoned properties, among other conditions.
To report any related violations, please contact the Belleville Police Department at 973-450-3333.