Dogs living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding Bernalillo County are now required, by law, to have insulated dog houses available to their outside pets.
Last winter, pet owners who don’t supply an outside dog with an insulated dog house face a $500 ticket, a court appearance and 90 days in jail.
The Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department urges pet owners to take winter precautions to keep pets cozy no matter what the winter throws our way. And that isn’t a request. Refusal to provide an outside pet with an insulated dog house will result in a citation, a court appearance, a $500 ticket and potentially 90 days in jail.
It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats won’t get cold because of their fur. If you are cold, your companion animal is cold. Most domestic cats and dogs are not well equipped for cold weather and can easily be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.
Anyone who sees a dog is outside without protection from the elements should immediately report the violation to ABQ Animal Welfare by calling 311.
For residents of Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, free straw bedding is being made available, while supplies last, through the partnership with Bernalillo County Animal Care Services and Albuquerque Animal Welfare.