CITY COUNCIL members gave initial approval yesterday to a bill that makes it illegal to leave pets outdoors in extreme hot and cold temperatures.
Tales of woe were heard during an afternoon hearing on a bill sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson - a professed dog lover - that puts regulations on pet owners who leave their four-legged friends out in temperatures frigid or scorching.
Julia Bringhurt, a Point Breeze resident, described how she routinely witnesses a dog left outside, year-round, in a 5-by-6 cement patio behind her neighbor's house.
"It was filled with construction debris. The dog had no enclosed shelter other than the four walls of the patio, his food was dumped on the ground and his water was often frozen solid," she said.