Dogs Left Outside In The Cold Have Died ‘Frozen Solid’ AP 01/04/2018
The brutal cold that’s believed to be responsible for at least 11 human deaths this week is also taking a toll on animals — particularly pets left outside in the frigid weather.
On Thursday, a woman in Hartford, Connecticut, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after police say a young pit bull chained outside her home was found “frozen solid,” the Hartford Courant reports. Police said the deceased dog was malnourished and covered in feces.
Earlier this week, Detroit Dog Rescue announced it was searching for a man who had abandoned a Pomeranian mix in a cage in front of the Michigan nonprofit’s facility at night, when the shelter was closed. The dog did not survive the night. Temperatures were so cold that fleas stuck to the dog’s body, according to ClickOnDetroit.
And last week, a dog named Nanas was found dead in Toledo, Ohio, curled up on the porch of a home.
“She was frozen solid,” Megan Brown, cruelty investigator with the Toledo Area Humane Society, told The Toledo Blade.
In that case, the dog’s owner told the Blade that he was not living in the home — where the utilities had been turned off — but was keeping his two dogs there. He said that he had last seen them two or three days before Nanas was found dead and that he didn’t know how she could have gotten outside. The second dog, Haze, was inside the house. Though malnourished, he is expected to be OK.
The Washington Post notes that at least four similar dog deaths occurred in Ohio over the past couple of weeks.
Animal welfare organizations are also seeing significant upticks in reports of cruelty. Detroit Dog Rescue said on Facebook Tuesday that over a period of three days, it had received more than 600 calls, emails and online messages about dogs in distress.click here for link