INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As temperatures get colder, pet owners should be aware of new city rules dealing with outside dogs.
On Sunday, the group Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, or FIDO, went through neighborhoods, trying to educate pet owners.
The new rules went into effect in September and dictate how and when dogs can be kept outside.
The rules are based on the outside temperature.
“We know a lot of these dogs live in pretty poor conditions, where they’re living on the end of a chain; they have empty shells of a dog house to try to stay warm in the winter, so we know what to expect,” explained FIDO Founder and Vice President Darcie Kurtz. “And we feel like because we have the means to help these dogs, we need to get out there and do it.”
FIDO offers supplies and other help to owners of outside dogs.
The new rules are explained in the city’s code or ordinances:
Has access to a shelter constructed of solid wood or other weather resistant material, consisting of a structure with solid walls on all sides, a dry floor raised above the ground, and a solid roof sloped away from the entrance to protect the dog from weather and extreme cold. During winter and any day when the temperature is at or below 40°F, the shelter must be just large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around, the entrance covered by a flexible wind-proofing material or self-closing door, and must contain clean, dry bedding, which must consist of an insulating material that does not retain moisture, such as straw, of sufficient depth for the dog to burrow. On any day when the temperature is at or above 80°F, the shelter must be shaded by trees, a tarp, or a tarp-like device.