We'd like to remind everyone that during these bitterly cold temperatures and extreme windchill factors, dogs kept outdoors will quickly freeze to death. Plastic doghouses, barrels, and other forms of inadequate shelter will not protect a dog from frostbite and hypothermia. Such temperatures also cause dogs' water sources to freeze over, leading to dehydration, which quickly becomes fatal.
There have already been numerous reports of dogs dying across the U.S., such as in the following examples:
• In Butler County, Ohio, while responding to a complaint, the local dog warden found a German shepherd dead inside his doghouse. Although there were four bales of straw on the owners' front porch, they had not put any straw bedding in the doghouse.
• In Hartford, Connecticut, officers responding to a complaint from a concerned neighbor found a chained pit bull mix who had died of hypothermia. He was also found inside his doghouse.
• In Lynchburg, Virginia, an animal control officer performing a welfare check found a chained dog who had frozen to death inside his doghouse.
Allowing an animal to suffer in this manner is in violation of state and local laws. If you haven't already done so, please bring your dog indoors immediately. Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted for cruelty to animals.