One of the most common forms of animal cruelty is cases of pets left outside in dangerous weather. These cases are often led to investigations by police and animal control, and can lead to criminal charges.
Like people, dogs and cats are vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia. Without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in cold temperatures is greatly decreased.
If you are concerned of an animal in the cold…report what you see and take note of the date, time and location. Get in contact with your local law enforcement, or call your local humane society who will do their best to ensure the safety of the pet.
How to protect your pet:
- Get them a coat or booties
- Check their paws, salt can burn
- Take them for walks when the sun is shining
- Don’t leave them outside for too long
Take a step outside, and if it’s too cold for you without a coat, chances are it’s too cold for your pet so pay attention to their behaviour while that are outdoors. Keep an eye on them if they show signs of whining, shivering, anxious, or looking for a place to burrow its time to bring them.