My news feed runneth over this week with stories of freezing temperatures and the effect on pets. There are lots of articles talking about state laws and giving recommendations on what to do with pets during extremely cold weather. While obvious exceptions must be made for some animals including feral cats (who can be provided with homemade outdoor shelters) and sled dogs (who are purpose bred for outdoor living as part of their work), the general message should be: Bring your pets indoors. All of us involved in animal advocacy should be repeating this message as a means of education and increasing awareness.
When an ACO in Longview, TX was interviewed about a frozen dog found chained to a fence, he provided this disappointing quote:
“Bring your dogs in when the temperature drops down to these conditions so that you don’t end up with a dead animal. Because if we…
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