Keys to Keeping Your Pets Warm When It’s This Cold [VIDEO]
It's important to remember that pets need protection in the winter just like people do. And on a day like today, you don't even want to think about exposing them to the elements for longer than absolutely necessary. Here are some simple tips for keeping your furry friends safe.
Why it's dangerous to leave a pet exposed to the cold:
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. (HumaneSociety.org)
In some cases, leaving your dog or cat outside in freezing cold temps can be considered animal cruelty, and is considered a misdemeanor in all 50 states.
Here's what you can do if you witness this in your neighborhood:
- Report what you see: 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.
- Contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff's office and present your complaint and evidence. Take detailed notes regarding whom you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.
- If you need advice, call The HSUS or email us. Because we aren't a law-enforcement agency, we cannot take legal action, but we can provide expert counsel.
- If you have pets, follow our advice for keeping them safe in cold weather.
- Support our work to protect all animals, in all four seasons!
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