As Ocean County was spared the surprise winter mess that much of the state endured today, it's a good time to remind everyone that leaving your dog tied up outside when winter weather arrives is against the law in New Jersey.

With hundreds of accidents across the state today, we're reminded that winter is right around the corner, and winter weather is already here.

In a bill that was signed by former-Governor Chris Christie last year, it is illegal to leave dogs outside when the temperature falls below 32 degrees, or, "... during wind, rain, snow, ice, sleet, or hail unless the animal has unlimited access to proper shelter.", according to our sister station NJ 101.5.

The bill also prohibits the same when temperatures rise in the summer above 90 degrees.

The fines start at $100 and soar for repeat offenders, up to and including pets being taken away and fines up to $1,000.

You can read the full story from NJ 101.5 by clicking here


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