Local woman pushes for new pet ordinance

As temperatures are set to drop, concerns about pet safety are high for owners and animal lovers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As temperatures are set to drop Friday night, concerns about pet safety are high for owners and animal lovers. 

One local woman is actually trying to create an ordinance that requires people to keep animals inside when temps get too cold or too hot. 

Her ordinance is simple: if you own a pet, if temperatures get above 90 degrees or below freezing, the ordinance would require that you keep them inside in a controlled temperature environment.

NBC Charlotte asked a couple of dog owners about Amy Wayman's proposed ordinance for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

"I think it would be a great idea for something like this to be put in place," said Samantha Taylor. "The only thing I see being an issue is enforcement."

Taylor brings up a good point. Wayman wasn't available to speak with NBC Charlotte on camera Friday, but she mentioned that Animal Control told her they're still trying to figure out how something like this could work, especially at the animal shelter. 

If the Humane Society were exempt, Ian McCanless thinks it could still be a challenge.

"You're basically relying on people to notify authorities when they see something like a neighbor with a pet outside," McCanless said. "So, it definitely would be tricky to enforce that but I still think it's worth looking into."

Both Taylor and McCanless say they wouldn't have to worry and they wish an ordinance like this wasn't even necessary.

"We keep her inside at night, always," Taylor said about her dog, Charlie. "Even in the summertime."

"I don't want anyone to have an animal if they can't have it be a true part of their family, and to be a true part of the family it should be in the house," McCanless said. "It's not right leaving them out in the cold like that."

Our local shelters do welcome plenty of blanket donations and those that have the indoor space don't allow dogs to go outside when the weather gets too severe.

Animal Control says they believe their current ordinances provide enough protection for pets, and they mentioned that some pet owners may not have the capabilities to provide animals with air conditioning or a heater. They say because breeds of animals handle these temperatures differently, as well, incidents should be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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