Much of the country has been experiencing a brutal cold snap. Tragically, the bad weather and even worse decision by one pet owner cost the lives of eight puppies.
The Knox County Humane Society received a call from the unnamed owner on December 26, 2017, just one day after Christmas. The owner said that his black lab mix had given birth to a surprise litter of puppies — they had no idea that their dog was even pregnant. She was an “outside dog,” kept outdoors even in the below-freezing temperatures experienced in the Illinois area recently.
By the time rescuers arrived to help, it was too late for eight of the puppies. The mom and her one remaining puppy were on the brink of dying from exposure, with a body temperature of below 95 degrees — near hypothermic.
The surviving dog and pup were surrendered to the Knox County Humane Society, where they received treatment and warm shelter. Curt explained that the two are doing well now, and they’re expected to be put up for adoption to find their forever homes after completing their recovery.
A recent Pennsylvania law has made it illegal to leave dogs outside in freezing temperatures, without adequate shelter for over 30 minutes, according to WCMH.
Though not every state has such laws, it’s important to be careful about leaving dogs who predominantly live outside in the cold during these winter months and to report it to a local shelter if you see a dog who has been left outside in dangerously below-freezing weather.
Generally, if it is too cold for you to be outside for any length of time, it’s too cold for your pet as well.
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