New Mexico Owners Must Provide Insulated Houses for Pets

A new law is keeping outdoor pets safe and warm this winter. Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding Bernalillo County must provide insulated houses for dogs.


While you might be wondering how cold it gets and how often it snows in New Mexico, the state, and Albuquerque, have standard seasonal winters with temps dropping into the 30s and snowfall of roughly 10 inches a year.


According to The Dogington Post, “neglecting to provide an outside pet with an insulated shelter will result in a citation, a court appearance, a $500 fine, and up to 90 days in jail.”



In addition to requiring inslating housing, owners are strongly urged to use straw, which retains heat and evaporates moisture. The Doginton Post notes that free straw bedding is available (while supplies last) for residents of Bernalillo County this winter through the partnership with Animal Protection of New Mexico, Albuquerque Animal Welfare, and Bernalillo County Animal Care Services.


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Maureen Dempsey

Maureen Dempsey is a freelance writer living in New York with an ancient, 14-year-old chihuahua and a feisty, young dachshund.

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