A rally being held outside the Legislature tomorrow at 11:00 by animal rights advocates from around the region calling for legislative changes to better protect animals.
Rita Bihr of People for Stronger Animal Protection tells CHSJ News it should be illegal to have dogs chained or penned up 24/7 because they're pack animals and, as such, crave socialisation.
Bihr also argues it should be against the law to keep pets outside in the extreme cold.
Recently, a rescue group in Kent County found a small dog that had been buried alive in the snow.
Bihr says usually just the minimum fine is imposed in cases of animal abuse and neglect. She would like to see jail terms imposed if the abuse is severe enough.