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In recent years, awareness of protecting your pet during the cold winter months has grown. Fewer dog parents keep their pets outdoors, and many go above and beyond to ensure their pet’s safety during potentially dangerous freezes. Just like humans, animals can suffer from frostbite; products like dog booties, paw balms, and other preventatives can prevent ill effects from outdoor play in the cold.
A winter tragedy
Unfortunately, not all who have dogs care deeply about their furry friend’s well-being. Two people are facing animal cruelty charges after officials said their six dogs were left outside during the extreme cold, causing the death of one. Deputies said the animals did not have protection from the cold. The base temperature was 1 degree with a wind chill of negative 16.
The dog who passed away was reported to be an American Bulldog, who naturally have short, bristly coats that offer little protection from the elements. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, and the couple responsible could face jail time.
Protecting animals during the cold
There are ways you can help animals during the cold winter months. For one, prioritize your own pets. Common winter mistakes that can injure your pet include insufficient protection for dogs’ paws along with unsafe ice-melt. Use pet-safe ice melt around your home, and consider booties and/or paw balm to protect your dog’s paws on chilly walks. Remember that animal abuse is a crime. Suspect someone is leaving their pet outside for inappropriate periods in the cold? Contact your local animal control and/or police department.
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