URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Chicago IL
835 PM CST Mon Dec 25 2017
…First Bitter Cold of the Season Tonight…
Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan, Oregon, DeKalb, Aurora, and Elgin
835 PM CST Mon Dec 25 2017
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY…
* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 15 below zero to 25 below zero.
* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois, the coldest conditions north of Interstate 88.
* WHEN…Overnight through late morning Tuesday.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
———————————————————————————————-Also, as a reminder, it is ILLEGAL to leave your animals outside in conditions like this for long periods of time according to the Humane Care for Animals Act which we have also posted below:
(510 ILCS 70/3.01)
(from Ch. 8, par. 703.01)
(a) No person or owner may beat, cruelly treat, torment, starve, overwork or otherwise abuse any animal.
(b) No owner may abandon any animal where it may become a public charge or may suffer injury, hunger or exposure.
(c) No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that:
(1) results in injury to or death of the animal; or
(2) results in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite,
(c-5) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit an animal from being impounded in an emergency situation under subsection (b) of Section 12 of this Act.
(d) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction for a violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who is convicted of violating subsection (a) upon a companion animal in the presence of a child, as defined in Section 12-0.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, shall be subject to a fine of $250 and ordered to perform community service for not less than 100 hours. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evidence. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 99-311, eff. 1-1-16; 99-357, eff. 1-1-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-782, eff. 8-12-16.)