A Reminder to Bring Your Pets Inside During Cold Weather
Pets left outside in cold weather face the danger of hypothermia, frostbite and even death.
If you check the ten day forecast for the LC-Valley and the surrounding area, you'll no doubt notice some pretty low temperatures in the coming days, with chances of snow as well.
Sometimes pet owners leave their pets outside on a regular basis, which is fine when the weather is comfortable. However, the Humane Society of the United States reminds us, "If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them." At the very least, pets that remain outdoors need access to warm shelter.
Pets left out in the cold face risk of hypothermia, frost bite and unfortunately, death. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 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 constant companions—dogs and cats—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 backs will insulate them from suffering. Without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased.
Animal neglect calls have become common enough that animal neglect charges are a misdemeanor crime in all 50 states, and Washington D.C.
How you can help:
The Humane Society suggests to 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, the surrounding area, etc. (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case when reporting animal neglect.