Rauner to consider legislation that punishes residents who leave animals out in inclement weather

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would make leaving animals outside in very hot or cold temperatures a misdemeanor has been sent to Governor Bruce Rauner's office for consideration.

Under the bill, individuals who leave animals outside in very hot or cold weather could face up to $2,500 in fines, as well as up to a year in jail.  The proposal passed the Illinois Senate chamber in April, and Illinois House members approved it on Tuesday.

The measure's sponsor, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, says the bill was proposed because of several reported deaths of dogs in very cold weather during the winter months.  However, critics of the measure say the bill goes too far, and could have a negative effect on farmers.

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