Animal enthusiasts say a new City of Cleveland ordinance is designed to protect outside dogs from extreme weather elements.

Under ordinance 603.091, shelters for dogs kept outside will need to feature several things to be legal.

The shelters will need to protect dogs from, “heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight.”

Sharon Harvey with the Cleveland APL said, “An animal outside has to have access to an area that is free of the elements.”

Harvey said the APL has taken over 50 calls in the last two days about owners leaving their dogs out in the cold temperatures.

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