A press release from Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
From Cairo, Illinois to Crystal Lake, helpless pets will no longer be left out in the cold.
Today I introduced a bill (HB4380) that amends the Humane Care for Animals Act and provides that no owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the pet in a manner that places the pet in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or cold conditions of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below that could:
(1) result in injury to or death of the animal; or
(2) result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite, or similar condition as diagnosed by a doctor of veterinary medicine.
A person convicted of a violation would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction for a violation would be a Class 4 felony.