Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 522 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Gruters 591-02028-20 2020522c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to cruelty to dogs; amending s. 3 828.12, F.S.; prohibiting a person from restraining a 4 dog outside and unattended during a natural disaster; 5 providing a criminal penalty; providing a fine; 6 defining terms; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Present subsection (6) of section 828.12, 11 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (7), and a new 12 subsection (6) is added to that section, to read: 13 828.12 Cruelty to animals.— 14 (6) A person who leaves a dog outside and unattended by use 15 of a restraint during a natural disaster commits animal cruelty, 16 a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 17 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. As used 18 in this subsection, the term: 19 (a) “Natural disaster” means a situation in which a 20 hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued 21 for a municipality or a county by the National Weather Service, 22 or the municipality or county is under a mandatory or voluntary 23 evacuation order. 24 (b) “Restraint” means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, 25 or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or 26 trolley system. 27 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.