They might be wearing a fur coat but it's still too cold to abandon your pet outdoors.
A new South Bend Animal Care and Control ordinance would crack down on animal abuse in cold weather.
For example there are some breeds that can handle the colder temperatures better than others.
Animal advocates say the current ordinance is too vague.
It doesn't define neglect, proper shelter or acceptable tethering.
With the new ordinance there will be specific definitions, allowing officers to take action.
“A lot of times in the colder weather people are keeping a closer eye out,” says SBACC director Matt Harmon. “You may have a Chihuahua on the front porch but the Chihuahua is ready to come inside anyway.”
By the end of this month the committee in charge of putting the ordinance together will start meeting with neighborhoods to explain the differences.