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When is it too hot or too cold to leave your hunting dog outdoors? Who should make that call, you or the local government? Well in Kanawha County, West Virginia, it is now the latter, guided some say by the Humane Society of the United States.

From the West Virginia Metro News:

_Gary Knapp, president of the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association appeared before the Kanawha County Commission last week to raise his concerns about the stiff stipulations of [a new] ordinance, aimed at preventing mistreatment of dogs. . . .

_Knapp says the ordinance. . . requires dog owners to bring their animals in the house when temperatures outside go above 85 degrees or below 40 degrees. . . . Knapp say it also renders the dog ineffective on a hunt if he or she isn’t in proper condition. . . . [“]These animals need to be conditioned to the environment they’re going to hunt in. . . .”

Nobody seems sure of just where the writers of the ordinance came up with the arbitrary figures of 40-degrees and 85-degrees. Knapp says he was told by the attorney for the Humane Society it was a recommendation of their organization. The Humane Society of the United States has long been opposed to any and all hunting. Knapp says there was a not-so-veiled indication that may be what’s at play here.

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