Pay up to $200 fine if dog left in extreme heat in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS—Dog owners in Indianapolis have new guidelines regarding safe temperatures for their pet.

According to WXIN, the newest addition to the Indianapolis Animal Care Treatment Ordinance gives dog owners the legal obligation to provide their pet with a shelter when the temperature reaches 80 degrees. Also, owners must now bring their dogs inside when the temperature is warmer than 90 degrees.

In the winter, temperatures dropping below 20 degrees also pose a threat to dogs and require owners to shelter their dogs.

For Indianapolis residents, the first violation of this new law will result in a $25 fine and a $200 fine for the next.

This is the first summer the new law will go into effect.