“Mayor Bowser to Sign Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency Legislation”

by Prince Of Petworth February 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm 10 Comments

800 Upshur Street, NW

From the Mayor’s Office:

“On Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will join Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd to sign the Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency legislation into law. Introduced by Councilmember Todd, the legislation will require dog owners in DC to ensure that dogs left outside during the winter are sufficiently protected from inclement weather.

Known as Momma’s Law, the legislation is named after a dog that was repeatedly left outside in below-freezing temperatures in the Petworth neighborhood. In January 2016, concerned neighbors grabbed the attention of local leaders and residents when they tried to intervene to get the dog properly sheltered.

Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember

Ruta Del Vino
800 Upshur Street, NW”

  • n3

    Great news!

  • crazydoglady#1

    thanks for sharing PoP! please join us tonight to witness the signing of the emergency legislation and to show your support for improved, permanent, animal welfare legislation in DC.

  • It’s just me

    This feels to me a lot like wanting to look like they’re doing something without actually doing anything. They pass/sign a law in late February that only lasts for 90 days concerning extreme weather. Sure, we could still have some cold weather, but I don’t think we’ll have another cold emergency in the next 90 days – noting that I am not a meteorologist ( a cold emergency = temps below 15˚F or below including wind chill, or 20˚F, including wind chill, AND one of the following: (1) Steady precipitation for 60 consecutive minutes, (2) Snow accumulation of 3 inches or more, or (3) Other meteorological conditions or threats as determined by HSEMA)

    I’m concerned that people will think that the city has addressed the issue and won’t keep pressure on the Council to do something permanent. I mean, this happened over a year ago and they couldn’t even get the temporary fix in for this winter.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I personally don’t think the law goes far enough, but the “emergency” legislation is super common in DC. A bill is often introduced as three different bills; emergency (90 days), temporary (225 days), and permanent. I haven’t looked to see if a permanent bill is pending, but my guess is there is one.

      • jonah

        Yeah Tsar is right. To get something done immediately for winter the Council had to pass it as an emergency bill which has to expire in 90 days. Otherwise it needs committee hearings and public testimony. CM Todd’s office have said they are working on full legislation and that it will also address extreme summer heat.

      • Anon

        If you think this law doesn’t go far enough, you better speak to Mendolson. He tried to kill this proposal as is.

  • Jared MacBride

    My cat asks: “Who’s looking out for us?’ Fair question.

  • JohnH

    Glad she has the guts to sign this, but not paid family leave.

    • Treat Yo Self

      Even council has realized the paid leave bill is not ideal

  • JH

    does anyone know what happened to momma the dog? has anyone seen her lately?


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