SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits keeping dogs tethered to a trolley system and from being kept outside in temperatures that are too hot or too cold.
“What a great town with people who deeply, deeply care,” said District 1 Councilor Signe Lindell, who strongly supported the bill. “Thank you to the community we live in, and for the love of dogs and the love of animals.”
The ordinance prohibits dogs from being kept on a trolley system and from being kept outside in temperatures below 32 degrees and above 90 degrees. It also allows for an animal control officer to enter private property if an animal is being kept in these conditions.
“Animal services officers, in the performance of their general duties, may enter upon private property to take-up and impound any animal that … is in imminent danger of harm, except that animal service officers may not enter a private residence without approval of the occupant or the appropriate authority,” the ordinance says. “Prior to entering private property, an animal services officer shall first attempt to make contact with the owner of the animal.”