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Marion council to consider ordinance involving pets left in extreme conditions

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MARION -- With the extreme cold lately, Marion city leaders want to do something about people who leave animals outside during terrible weather.

Acting Mayor Anthony Rinella plans to draw up an ordinance punishing residents for leaving pets or livestock in excessive cold or heat.

Illinois already has a law on the books making that a misdemeanor-- but Rinella says the city's rules will go further.

"Unfortunately we have people out there that want pets but then they don't want to provide what they should for them," Rinella said.

Rinella said the idea for an ordinance came after a few meetings with residents.

He plans to have something for the council to vote on in late January.

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