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What to do if you see a pet left out in the cold

We have talked about it before, this is a community of people that love pets and will do anything to keep them safe. 


Today we want to talk to you about a very serious subject. 

Last weekend, temperatures plummeted in most of the United States. Sadly, this meant that A LOT of pets were left outside during the snowstorm.

This is really difficult for us to understand because cold weather can be deadly for pets.

So, if you see this happening around you, we encourage you to contact local law enforcement agencies because pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food and shelter, are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite and even death. 

The act of leaving a pet outside without food or adequate shelter often receives less attention than a violent attack against an animal, but neglect is a crime.

If you see a pet left out in the cold, please speak out.

One of the most common forms of animal cruelty, cases of animals left outside in dangerous weather are investigated more by police and animal control agencies than any other form of animal abuse.

Our most loyal companions feel the effects of winter weather as much as we do, only they are often cast outside to weather the cold or a storm owing to a misconception that the fur on their bodies will insulate them from suffering.

Without proper shelter, food, and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures are greatly decreased.

How can you help?:

Report: Take note of the date, time, exact location and the type of animal(s) involved and write down as many details as possible about the situation.

Video and photographic documentation of the animal, the location and the surrounding area will help bolster your case.

Contact your local animal control agency or the police: Take detailed notes regarding whom you speak with and when. Follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.

If you need advice, call or email your local Humane Society offices. 

Snow can be fun for a little while but never leave you furry-companion alone outside if it's too cold for you.



Source: The Humane Society

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