Animal Companions Are Dying in Cold Weather—These Are the Reported Cases

Last updated April 20, 2022:

The number of dogs and other animal companions who have reportedly died from causes related to cold weather since 2020:

42

Every year, PETA receives reports about dogs, cats, and other animals who have died after being left outdoors in cold weather. In 2019 alone, there were 37 animal companion deaths related to cold weather—and those are just the ones that were reported. Most aren’t.

YearDeathsRescuesIncidents
2020-202242787See the list.
201937322See the list.
20184334See the list.

The following list is a compilation of cold weather–related animal companion deaths reported by the media since 2020:

DateLocationNotesNumber of Dogs and Other Animals Who Died
3/25/2022Moyie, British Columbia, CanadaA dog died after falling into an icy lake.1
2/12/2022Ypsilanti, MichiganA dog was found dead inside a snow-covered cage that was frozen to the ground near an apartment complex.1
2/7/2022Greene County, New YorkA dog died after slipping and falling while hiking in icy conditions.1
2/7/2022Schenectady, New YorkA dog died after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold.1
2/3/2022Steamboat Springs, ColoradoA dog died after falling into an icy river.1
1/28/2022Boston, MassachusettsA couple was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly abandoning 15 cats outside during a blizzard. Two of the cats died, and two others were never found.2
Week of 1/23/2022Mahoning County, OhioA dog died after being left without food inside an enclosed doghouse in freezing temperatures.1
1/15/2022Rockford, IllinoisA dog was found dead inside a crate on a roadway, covered with snow.1
1/15/2022Charleston, IllinoisA dog died after falling into an icy pond.1
1/12/2022Denver, ColoradoA dog died after going missing while being cared for by companion animal–sitting company Wag!1
1/10/2022Detroit, MichiganOne dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold.1
1/4/2022Orangeburg, South CarolinaA puppy died after being left outside an animal control building in freezing temperatures.1
1/2022Reading, PennsylvaniaA woman was charged with cruelty after allegedly confining three dogs to a backyard in freezing temperatures with no shelter or drinking water. One dog was euthanized.1
2/22/2021Fairview Township, PennsylvaniaA man and two dogs died after they all fell through a frozen pond in Fairview Township, PA. The man had attempted to use a kayak to rescue the dogs, but he fell in as well.2
2/16/2021Wichita, KansasA dog froze to death after being tethered outside in freezing temperatures.1
2/15/2021Houston, TexasOne dog died and five others had to be rescued after being left outside an auto body shop in subzero temperatures.1
2/15/2021Davis City, IowaOne dog died after being left outside during freezing temperatures. The owner was not charged nor was his other dog taken away.1
2/14/2021Grapeland, TexasFour horses and four dogs were rescued from a property after being left outside in subzero temperatures. Officials found one dog dead.1
2/13/2021Noble, OklahomaAfter seeing a Facebook post from a concerned resident, a good Samaritan checked on a dog reportedly chained outside in freezing temperatures. When she arrived, she found multiple chained dogs, three puppies, and only a hole for shelter.6
2/13/2021Frankfort, KentuckyNine puppies were abandoned outside an animal shelter after hours in freezing temperatures. Five of them died.5
2/8/2021Burns Lake, British Columbia, CanadaA dog was found half frozen outside in subzero temperatures. A good Samaritan attempted to save him, but the dog died shortly afterward.1
2/8/2021Detroit, MichiganA senior dog was found dead in his yard after being left outside in freezing temperatures.2
2/7/2021St. Louis, MissouriA dog and her puppy froze to death after being abandoned in their doghouse on the side of a road. They were among the more than 30 dogs and cats found outside in the cold in just three days and taken to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.1
1/12/2021Oklahoma City, OklahomaAnimal control found a dog frozen to death. She was with her seven puppies, who were rescued and survived.1
12/26/2020Lakeville, IndianaA dog died after falling into an icy pond.1
12/25/2020Highlands Ranch, ColoradoA dog died after falling through ice on a partially frozen pond.1
12/21/2020Rochester, New YorkTwo dogs fell into a partially frozen pond. One dog was rescued, but the other one died.1
12/18/2020Hopkinsville, KentuckyA woman was charged with second degree animal cruelty after her dog was found dead outside due to cold weather and lack of body weight.1
2/23/2020Marquette, MichiganA dog died after falling through ice into the Carp River.1
2/5/2020Orland, MaineA dog and his or her guardian died after falling through ice while driving across a lake.1

The following list is a compilation of cold weather–related animal companion rescues reported by the media since 2020:

DateLocationNotesNumber of Dogs and Other Animals Who Were Rescued
4/14/2022Guelph, Ontario, CanadaA hypothermic cat was rescued after being found abandoned inside a cat carrier in a water-filled ditch.1
3/25/2022Thunder Bay, Ontario, CanadaGood Samaritans rescued a dog from an icy river.1
3/25/2022Beaver Dam, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
3/24/2022Salmon Arm, British Columbia, CanadaGood Samaritans rescued a dog and their guardian from an icy pond.1
3/23/2022Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
3/22/2022Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy waterfall.1
3/21/2022Manotick, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog and their guardians from an icy river.1
Week of 3/20/2022Peterborough County, Ontario, CanadaFirst responders rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
3/18/2022Mayville, MichiganFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
3/17/2022Air Ronge, Saskatchewan, CanadaA firefighter rescued a dog from an icy river.1
3/17/2022London, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water.1
3/16/2022Pickering, Ontario, CanadaA cat was rescued after being dumped along the side of a road in the snow.1
3/16/2022Bethlehem, ConnecticutFirefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water.1
3/14/2022Tobyhanna Township, PennsylvaniaFirefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water.2
3/13/2022Round Lake Beach, IllinoisFirst responders rescued a dog from an icy retention pond.1
3/12/2022Idaho Falls, IdahoA dog was rescued from an icy river by his guardian.1
3/12/2022South Haven Charter Township, MichiganFirst responders rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
3/10/2022Weston, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water.1
3/6/2022Willoughby Hills, OhioAn emaciated dog was rescued by a police officer after being found nearly frozen to the ground.1
3/5/2022Duxbury, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water.1
3/1/2022Bethel, ConnecticutFirefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond.1
3/1/2022Douglas County, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond.1
3/1/2022Boston, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from Boston Harbor.1
2/28/2022Wyandotte, MichiganFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
2/28/2022Kingston, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
2/27/2022Peoria, IllinoisFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy river.2
2/26/2022Bay City, MichiganFirefighters rescued a dog from a frozen bay.1
2/26/2022Overland Park, KansasFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/25/2022Douglas County, MissouriFirefighters rescued a cat who had been stuck in a tree for several days during a snowstorm.1
2/24/2022Tulsa, OklahomaA man was arrested on cruelty-to-animals charges after police found his dog tied up outside in extreme cold.1
2/21/2022Abington, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water.1
2/21/2022Montrose, IowaFirefighters and a good Samaritan rescued a dog from an icy river.1
2/20/2022Falmouth, MaineFirefighters rescued a dog from an ice-filled drainage pipe.1
2/19/2022Vernal, UtahFirefighters rescued a dog who had jumped into an icy reservoir to help their guardian, who had fallen in.1
2/18/2022Cleveland, OhioA man was charged with cruelty after allegedly leaving a dog tied up outside in the cold and rain.1
2/18/2022Harrison County, OhioFirefighters rescued a dog who was stranded outside in freezing temperatures and floodwater.1
2/14/2022Inver Grove Heights, MinnesotaFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy river.1
2/12/2022Streator, IllinoisFirefighters rescued a dog from a snowy sinkhole.1
2/11/2022Newburgh, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
2/9/2022Indianapolis, IndianaFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond.2
2/7/2022Fort Collins, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
2/6/2022Richmond, VirginiaAn emaciated dog was rescued after being abandoned outside an animal shelter in the cold.1
2/6/2022Liberty Township, OhioA sheriff’s deputy rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond.1
2/6/2022Kaysville, UtahFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
2/5/2022East Patchogue, New YorkA man was charged with “restraining pets in temperatures less than 32 degrees” after allegedly leaving his dog outside in subfreezing temperatures.1
2/5/2022Cadott, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water.1
2/4/2022Elkville, IllinoisA dog was rescued from an icy pond.1
2/4/2022East Hampton, ConnecticutFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/3/2022Columbia, MissouriFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/2/2022Fairfield, ConnecticutFirefighters rescued two dogs and their guardian from an icy pond.2
2/2/2022West Brookfield, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
2/1/2022Chicago, IllinoisFirst responders rescued a dog from partially frozen Lake Michigan.1
2/1/2022Mesa County, ColoradoA dog and his or her guardian were rescued after becoming lost while backcountry skiing.1
1/31/2022Newark, OhioA missing dog was rescued after spending 17 days out in the cold.1
1/31/2022Barkhamsted, ConnecticutFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
1/30/2022Galax, VirginiaPolice officers rescued a kitten who was stuck to a frozen drainpipe.1
1/29/2022Lindenhurst, New YorkA man is facing cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly leaving his dog in an unheated car in subfreezing temperatures.1
1/29/2022Lanesborough, MassachusettsSix cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and five were rescued.5
1/29/2022Detroit, MichiganA dog was rescued after being abandoned and chained to a light pole in the cold.1
1/29/2022Denver, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
1/29/2022Halifax County, North CarolinaPETA fieldworkers rescued two dogs who were locked inside a wire crate in freezing temperatures.2
1/28/2022Boston, MassachusettsA couple was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly abandoning 15 cats outside during a blizzard. Two of the cats died, and two others were never found.11
1/28/2022Richmond, MassachusettsTen cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and eight were rescued.8
1/28/2022Brighton, ColoradoFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy body of water.2
1/27/2022Topeka, KansasA good Samaritan rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake.1
1/27/2022Spout Spring, VirginiaSixteen cats and four dogs were rescued from the cold.20
1/27/2022Centennial, ColoradoA dog and his or her guardian were rescued from an icy pond.1
1/26/2022Liberty Township, OhioA sheriff’s deputy rescued a puppy from an icy pond.1
1/25/2022Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaA dog was reunited with her guardians after getting loose and spending two weeks out in the cold.1
1/25/2022[No city listed], AlabamaNine dogs who’d been confined to wire crates were rescued from the cold.9
1/25/2022Whitewater Township, OhioFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond.2
1/24/2022Darien, ConnecticutA cat was rescued after being abandoned in freezing temperatures at a highway rest stop.1
1/24/2022Roanoke, VirginiaAn emaciated dog was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures.1
1/23/2022Sauk County, WisconsinA cat and her four kittens were abandoned in the snow. Rescuers were unable to locate the mother cat and one of the kittens.3
Week of 1/23/2022Polk City, FloridaA dog was rescued after being tied to a fence overnight in freezing temperatures.1
1/22/2022Suffolk County, New YorkA woman was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly leaving her 12-year-old dog outside in below-freezing temperatures overnight.1
1/22/2022Casper, WyomingFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
1/22/2022Jackson, TennesseeFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
1/21/2022Horry County, South CarolinaA dog was rescued after being abandoned in freezing rain.1
1/21/2022Springfield, IllinoisFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake.1
1/21/2022Austin, TexasA police officer rescued a dog who was abandoned on a patio in 27-degree weather.1
1/20/2022Murray River, Prince Edward Island, CanadaFirefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water.2
1/19/2022Chicago, IllinoisA dog was rescued after showing up on someone’s porch in freezing temperatures.1
1/18/2022Corbin, KentuckyFirst responders rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
1/18/2022Chatham, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog from freezing water.1
1/18/2022Toledo, OhioA stray puppy was rescued after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold.1
1/17/2022Fort Benton, MontanaA police chief rescued a dog from an icy river.1
1/17/2022Baltimore, MarylandAn injured puppy was rescued after being found in the bitter cold.1
1/17/2022Baton Rouge, LouisianaFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian who were lost in the woods in frigid temperatures.1
1/16/2022Fletcher, OklahomaNine puppies were rescued after being abandoned in the cold.9
1/16/2022Pagosa Springs, ColoradoA missing dog was rescued after being found trapped atop a frozen waterfall.1
1/15/2022Charleston, IllinoisTwo dogs were rescued from an icy pond.2
1/14/2022Fort Mill, South CarolinaTwo abandoned dogs were rescued from the cold.2
1/13/2022Hopewell Township, New JerseyFirst responders rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake.1
1/13/2022Seelyville, IndianaFirefighters rescued two dogs and a deer from an icy pond.2
1/13/2022Plainville, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
1/13/2022Lakewood, OhioFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
1/12/2022Oshkosh, WisconsinFirefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water.2
1/12/2022Nanaimo, British Columbia, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
1/11/2022Plattsburgh, New YorkFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy lake.2
1/10/2022Franklin County, Washington​​Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
1/10/2022Warren County, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog and his guardian from an icy lake.1
1/10/2022Detroit, MichiganOne dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold.2
1/9/2022New York, New YorkA dog was rescued after likely being abandoned and forced to live outside in the cold for three months.1
Week of 1/9/2022Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaA cat was rescued after being found underneath a front porch in the cold.1
1/8/2022St. Paul, MinnesotaA dog was reunited with his guardian after the van he was inside was stolen and then abandoned, forcing him to spend three days inside the cold vehicle.1
1/7/2022Cheyenne, WyomingAnimal control officers rescued a cat who was stuck in a swamp cooler in frigid temperatures.1
1/7/2022Lake City, MichiganForty-one dogs were removed from a breeder after being left outside in below-freezing temperatures.41
1/7/2022Letts, IndianaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
1/7/2022Pleasantville, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
1/5/2022Lewiston, New YorkA police officer rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
1/3/2022Boulder, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond.1
Week of 1/2/2022Drumheller, Alberta, CanadaA kitten was rescued after being found frozen to a water trough on a farm.1
1/1/2022Lincoln, MassachusettsAn emaciated serval, a wild cat native to Africa, was rescued after being found trying to survive in cold temperatures.1
1/1/2022Caledonia, North DakotaA dog was rescued after being abandoned on the side of a road in below-zero temperatures.1
1/1/2022Fargo, North DakotaA dog was rescued after being abandoned in below-zero temperatures.1
1/1/2022Bismarck, North DakotaFour puppies were rescued from cold weather after they were discovered living under an abandoned trailer.4
1/2022Reading, PennsylvaniaA woman was charged with cruelty after allegedly confining three dogs to a backyard in freezing temperatures with no shelter or drinking water. One dog was euthanized.2
12/30/2021Clearwater, British Columbia, CanadaNine dogs were seized from a property after being tied up outside in freezing temperatures.9
12/30/2021South Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into cold water inside an abandoned building.1
12/29/2021Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaA dog was reunited with his guardian after going missing and spending four days in extreme cold.1
12/27/2022Nelson, British Columbia, CanadaTwo dogs were rescued from an avalanche at a ski resort.2
12/27/2021Pierce County, WashingtonNineteen dogs were rescued after being neglected during a winter storm.19
12/27/2021Great Falls, MontanaFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy river.2
12/27/2021Liberty, WisconsinTwo dogs made it back to shore after falling through ice on a lake.2
12/26/2021Santa Clarita, CaliforniaThirty-one dogs were rescued after being tied up under a railway bridge in freezing temperatures.31
12/26/2021Moultonborough, New HampshireThree people rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
12/26/2021Grand County, ColoradoA dog was rescued by skiers after being buried in an avalanche.1
Week of 12/26/2021Lawton, OklahomaHumane Society of Lawton–Comanche County officials rescued a malnourished dog found outside in the cold.1
12/24/2021Papillion, NebraskaAfter falling through ice on a lake, a dog was rescued by his or her guardian.1
12/21/2021Denver, ColoradoFirefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond.2
12/20/2021Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
12/17/2021El Paso, TexasA woman was arrested after allegedly leaving an elderly dog out in the cold.1
12/17/2021Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaSeven puppies were rescued after being found at a garbage dump in cold weather.7
12/16/2021Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaA dog was rescued by volunteers after being found stuck in 5 feet of snow.1
12/13/2021Calgary, Alberta, CanadaA pregnant dog was rescued after being found tied to a wooden pole in the snow.1
12/13/2021Fort Collins, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
12/11/2021Denver, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
12/10/2021Waterdown, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog and a man from an icy pond.1
12/8/2021Carroll, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
12/6/2021St. Paul, MinnesotaAn emaciated dog was rescued after being caged outside in freezing temperatures1
12/2/2021Airdrie, Alberta, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy canal.1
12/2021Bridgewater, VirginiaA missing dog was rescued from an icy river after spending a week out in the cold.1
11/30/2021Belfair, WashingtonFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
11/29/2021Saskatoon, SaskatchewanFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy river.1
4/11/2021Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaRescuers saved a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen river.1
4/6/2021Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaRescuers saved a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen river.1
3/26/2021Lebanon, New HampshireFirefighters rescued a dog who was trapped on a partially frozen lake.1
3/24/2021Cairo, New YorkPolice officers rescued two dogs who had fallen through ice on a reservoir.2
3/21/2021Bigfork, MontanaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
3/18/2021Edwards, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through ice on a partially frozen lake.1
3/7/2021Bolingbrook, IllinoisTwo dogs had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into an icy pond.2
3/6/2021Idaho Falls, IdahoThree dogs were rescued by firefighters after falling into the Snake River.3
3/5/2021Long Beach, New YorkPolice officers rescued a dog who was locked inside a freezing van on a 29-degree night.1
3/5/2021Monee, IllinoisFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy reservoir.1
3/5/2021Wheaton, Illinois A dog had to be rescued from an icy pond.1
3/4/2021Manteno, IllinoisA dog was rescued by two police officers after falling into an icy lake.1
3/4/2021Hanson, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond.1
3/4/2021Oronoco, MinnesotaA dog had to be rescued after falling into an icy lake.1
3/3/2021Hanson, MassachusettsA dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond.1
3/2/2021Jefferson, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a 12-year-old girl and her dog after they fell into a partially frozen pond while on a walk.1
2/28/2021Sylvania, OhioA dog had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into an icy pond.1
2/27/2021Hoopeston, IllinoisFirefighters and local residents rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/27/2021Vigo County, IndianaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond.1
2/26/2021Long Beach, New YorkA dog was rescued after being left inside a van during below-freezing temperatures.1
2/26/2021Columbus, IndianaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/25/2021Aurora, IndianaFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake.1
2/24/2021Pike Creek, DelawareFirefighters rescued a dog trapped on a partially frozen pond.1
2/24/2021Lee’s Summit, MissouriFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on Raintree Lake.1
2/24/2021Wilmington, DelawarePolice and firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded on a frozen pond.1
2/24/2021Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaAfter a 2-year-old cat was found frozen on a porch, her leg and tail had to be amputated.1
2/23/2021Glen Carbon, IllinoisA 17-year-old boy’s neighbor rescued the boy’s dog after the animal fell into a partially frozen lake.1
2/23/2021Edmonton, AlbertaFirefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond.1
2/23/2021Parker, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake at Salisbury Equestrian Park.1
2/23/2021Tonawanda, New YorkA dog and his two guardians had to be rescued after falling into a frozen creek.1
2/23/2021San Antonio, TexasAnimal Services rescued about 200 animals during the week of winter weather.200
2/22/2021Mapaville, MissouriTwo fire departments worked together to rescue a dog who had fallen into a thawing icy pond.1
2/22/2021Marshall, ArkansasA dog had to be rescued by police, other first responders, and neighbors after falling into a partially frozen pond.1
2/22/2021Madison, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a woman and her dog after they fell through the ice on Lake Monona.1
2/22/2021Olive Branch, Mississippi A dog and the dogs guardian has to be rescued after falling into a frozen pond.1
2/22/2021Clinton, British Columbia, CanadaA dog was rescued after being lost for 17 days outside during one of the seasons worst cold snaps.1
2/22/2021Shelby County, TennesseeFirefighters rescued a Great Dane who had fallen through the ice on a pond. The animal’s guardians told firefighters that they had let three of their dogs out and one of them quickly returned and alerted them that something was wrong.1
2/22/2021Hot Springs, ArkansasA dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond.1
2/21/2021Robeson County, North CarolinaA dog had to be rescued after being left chained outside in standing, freezing-cold floodwater.1
2/20/2021Montgomery, AlabamaMontgomery Humane Society officers removed about 40 animals who had been left outside on chains or without shelter during cold weather in the few weeks prior.40
2/20/2021Woodhaven, MichiganA dog was stuck on the frozen Detroit River for four days and was rescued by a good Samaritan.1
2/19/2021Murfreesboro, Tennessee A dog had to be rescued after falling into a frozen pool.1
2/19/2021Houston, TexasAn elderly Labrador was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures.1
2/18/2021Franklin County, OhioA dog suffering from a BB shot to the head was abandoned inside a cage in a snowy parking lot.1
2/18/2021Houston, TexasA dog was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures.1
2/18/2021Harvey County, KansasA cat was rescued after being abandoned in the cold.1
2/18/2021San Antonio, TexasA woman found a dog wandering around outside during frigid temperatures and used tortillas to lure him into her car.1
2/18/2021Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, CanadaA dog was rescued after being found outside in freezing temperatures. He was suffering from frostbite on his ears and tail.1
2/17/2021Franklin, TennesseeA man jumped into a partially frozen pond to save his dog, who had fallen in.1
2/17/2021Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaA dog had to be rescued by police officers after being left on a balcony while it was snowing.1
2/16/2021Toronto, OntarioA dog had to be rescued from an icy pond.1
2/16/2021Harris County, TexasEight dogs and a pig were rescued from a property after being left outside in freezing temperatures.9
2/15/2021Southlake, TexasA dog playing in the snow in his backyard wandered onto a partially frozen pool and fell in. His guardian rescued him.1
2/15/2021Youngstown, OhioOne puppy had to be rescued after being abandoned in a crate in the freezing rain. The crate had the word “Free” written on the side of it.1
2/15/2021Bellmead, TexasTwo puppies had to be rescued after being left in a dumpster during single-digit temperatures.2
2/15/2021Houston, TexasEight dogs had to be rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. They were all malnourished, and one had a broken jaw.8
2/15/2021Houston, TexasOne dog died and five others had to be rescued after being left outside an auto body shop in subzero temperatures.1
2/15/2021Princeton, MinnesotaA cat had to be rescued after being found outside in freezing temperatures and suffering from frostbite.1
2/14/2021Albuquerque, New MexicoA dog was rescued after getting stuck between two boulders during a hike. It was freezing outside, so firefighters had to work quickly to free him.1
2/14/2021Oxford, MississippiA puppy had to be rescued from a frozen lake after falling through the ice while fetching a stick.1
2/14/2021Hot Springs, ArkansasA man and his dog had to be rescued by police after falling into a frozen pond.1
2/14/2021Southlake, TexasA dog had to be rescued by his guardian and a police officer after falling into an icy pond.1
2/14/2021Cedar Springs, MichiganA woman found a cat nearly frozen to one of the tires on her car. The animal is recovering.1
2/14/2021Grapeland, TexasFour horses and four dogs were rescued from a property after being left outside in subzero temperatures. Officials found one dog dead.8
2/13/2021Frankfort, KentuckyNine puppies were abandoned outside an animal shelter after hours in freezing temperatures. Five of them died.4
2/12/2021Houston TexasHarris County deputies rescued a dog found in distress after being left outside in a crate during cold, rainy weather. The dog was released to a family member, and the owner was charged with cruelty to animals.1
2/8/2021Wichita, KansasFirefighters rescued a dog trapped on a partially frozen pond.1
2/8/2021Omaha, NebraskaA cat was rescued after getting stuck in a chain-link fence in the snow.1
2/8/2021Topeka, KansasThree fire departments worked together to rescue a dog who had fallen into an icy river.1
2/8/2021St. Louis, MissouriA dog and her puppy froze to death after being abandoned in their doghouse on the side of a road. They were among the more than 30 dogs and cats found outside in the cold in just three days and taken to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.28
2/7/2021Escondido, CaliforniaA dog had to be rescued after being tied to a pole and abandoned in a park.1
1/28/2021Omaha, NebraskaRescue crews had to save a dog and the dog’s two guardians after they fell into an icy pond.1
1/27/2021Mansfield, OhioA 4-month-old puppy was abandoned outside the Richland County Animal Shelter after hours and wasn’t discovered until the following day. The temperature dropped to 18 degrees that night.1
1/24/2021Sydney, Nova Scotia, CanadaA couple rescued a cat who was living outside in the cold and suffering from frostbite.1
1/24/2021Branford, ConnecticutA dog was found outside in the early morning after being abandoned in freezing temperatures. He was suffering from frostbite on his paws as well as other medical conditions because of neglect.1
1/20/2021New York, New YorkA dog was rescued by police officers after falling into the icy Jamaica Bay.1
1/17/2021Cairo, New YorkA dog found in a shed, trying to keep warm after being abandoned, had been suffering from malnutrition and dehydration for many months and was 20 pounds underweight.1
1/13/2021Catawissa, PennsylvaniaA 12-year-old poodle mix was found abandoned outside a Dollar General store. He was treated for hypothermia, and an investigation is underway to find out who abandoned him.1
1/12/2021Oklahoma City, OklahomaSeven puppies were rescued after being left outside in the cold. Their mother didn’t survive.7
1/8/2021Lackawanna County, PennsylvaniaA dog was tied to a pole and abandoned outside an animal shelter during 24-degree weather. He was discovered and rescued.1
1/7/2021San Antonio, TexasA puppy was abandoned in a cardboard box outside an animal shelter, in the freezing cold. He survived and will be adopted out once old enough.1
1/3/2021Burlington, VermontA 10-year-old Great Dane was found abandoned on the side of the road in freezing temperatures.1
1/3/2021Québec, CanadaA woman took in a cat who was suffering from frostbite, worms, and rotten teeth after being abandoned outdoors in the cold.1
12/31/2020Fort St. John, British Columbia, CanadaA semi-truck driver rescued a cat who had been run over and was frozen to the road.1
12/28/2020Avon, OhioA golden retriever was rescued by police officers after falling into an icy pond at Veterans Memorial Park.1
12/23/2020Needham, MassachusettsA dog and a woman were rescued after falling through ice into the Charles River.1
12/22/2020Eastchester, New YorkFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake.1
12/22/2020Frederick, MarylandA dog and the dog’s guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy lake.1
12/21/2020Rochester, New YorkTwo dogs fell into a partially frozen pond. One dog was rescued, but the other one died.1
12/20/2020Wasatch County, UtahThree people and a dog were rescued from a partially frozen reservoir.1
12/18/2020Easton, Connecticut A dog and the dog’s guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond.1
12/17/2020Whittemore, MichiganA dog had to be rescued by his guardian after falling into an icy river.1
12/16/2020Box Elder County, UtahA dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling through the ice at Mantua Reservoir. The dog sustained lacerations and hypothermia.1
12/16/2020Round Lake, New YorkA woman who was digging her truck out of the snow found a cat who had sought shelter underneath the vehicle before it was buried by a snowplow. The animal was rescued and survived.1
12/11/2020Shawano, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river.1
12/11/2020High Point, NCSomeone has been abandoning cats outside the Guilford County Animal Shelter. It has happened at least four times.5
12/10/2020Woodbury, VermontVolunteer firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy lake.1
12/10/2020Colrain, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through ice on a partially frozen pond.1
12/7/2020Lone Tree, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond on a golf course.1
12/5/2020Concord Township, OhioFirefighters rescued a dog who was trapped on thin ice in the middle of a pond.1
12/2/2020Horace, North DakotaFirefighters rescued a dog who was stranded on a chunk of ice in a river.1
10/26/2020Commerce City, ColoradoA kitten was found with her paws and tail frozen to the rim of a semi-trailer tire. The man who discovered her used warm water to free her, and she was taken to a shelter.1
12/11/2020MinnesotaA dog ran away from his new home on December 11 and wasn’t caught until 66 days later after enduring extreme cold.1
12/11/2020Greensboro, NCTwo cats were left in carriers by a dumpster outside a cat clinic during freezing temperatures. They survived.2
11/25/2020Bevent, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond.1
11/16/2020Dickinson, North DakotaFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river.1
3/30/2020Pinedale, WyomingA sheriff’s deputy rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake.1
3/9/2020Leominster, MassachusettsA woman who was walking her dog with her family saw a dog who had fallen into a freezing pond and gotten stuck between two blocks of ice. She crawled out onto the ice and was able to rescue the animal.1
3/5/2020Sherburne County, MinnesotaSheriff’s deputies rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river.1
3/4/2020Olmsted County, MinnesotaA dog and three people who had tried to help the animal were rescued from Lake Zumbro.1
3/2/2020Muskegon, MichiganA dog was rescued after he went missing and was later found trapped on a piece of ice in the middle of a lake.1
2/29/2020Neptune City, New JerseyEight dogs and puppies were rescued from a porch after being left outside during below-freezing temperatures. They were in cages covered by a tarp and had no access to food, water, or heat.8
2/25/2020Leverett, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond.1
2/23/2020Chicago, IllinoisFirefighters rescued a dog and the animal’s guardian from a partially frozen lagoon.1
2/18/2020Colorado Springs, ColoradoTwo dogs were rescued by firefighters after falling through the ice on a partially frozen body of water at a park.2
2/16/2020Springfield Township, OhioA police officer and a kayaker rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond.1
2/15/2020Boston, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from a partially frozen pond.1
2/12/2020Plainfield, IllinoisFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond.1
2/9/2020Denver, ColoradoA dog and his or her guardian died after falling into an icy pond.1
2/6/2020Vermilion, OhioA young cat was found huddled and half frozen by an electric meter outside a business​. He wasn’t able to move, his fur was wet and frozen on one side, and his paws were bright pink. After a worker found him and warmed him up, he was taken to a veterinary​ office.1
2/2/2020Winthrop, New YorkFirefighters rescued a horse who had fallen into an icy river. The animal sustained minor scrapes and bruises.1
2/1/2020Flagstaff, ArizonaFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy lake.1
1/31/2020South Milwaukee, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on Lake Michigan.1
1/30/2020Tilton, New HampshireFirefighters rescued a dog who was stuck on thin ice in the middle of a lake.1
1/30/2020Jefferson County, ColoradoFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into frigid water following a car crash.1
1/30/2020Oshkosh, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog who was wearing a harness and leash from a frozen river.1
1/29/2020Bloomington, MinnesotaFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river.1
1/27/2020Saint John, New Brunswick, CanadaA dog and four children were rescued after falling through the ice on the St. John River.1
1/26/2020Louisville, KentuckyA dog suffering from hypothermia was rescued by staff at Louisville Metro Animal Services after being tied to a fence outside the facility during cold weather.1
1/24/2020Manson, WashingtonFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake.1
1/24/2020Salem, MassachusettsSomeone tied a dog to a pole outside an animal shelter during freezing temperatures. The dog was found and was fine.1
1/22/2020Drayton Valley, AB, CanadaThree kittens were found, frozen to the ground. An oil worker found them and used warm coffee to unstick them from the ground, and they survived.3
1/22/2020Fort Smith, ArkansasA freezing cat with leg wounds was rescued after being spotted in a park.1
1/21/2020Jackson, MississippiA dog was found emaciated with a low body temperature after being left outside for two nights in 20-degree weather. Rescuers responded to an anonymous tip that she was in danger, and her owner subsequently surrendered her to rescuers. The dog was receiving veterinary care.1
1/19/2020East Greenwich, Rhode IslandFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond.1
1/19/2020Sterling, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog and his guardian from an icy pond.1
1/18/2020Glendale, WisconsinFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through thin ice into the Milwaukee River.1
1/17/2020Jefferson County, IdahoA dog was rescued by his or her guardian after falling into an icy river.1
1/16/2020Burr Ridge, IllinoisA dog’s guardians went to church, forgetting that he was outside in 16-degree weather. While they were gone, he got stuck in the fence and was heard barking for an hour until authorities were called. A police officer was able to free him and took the dog into his care until the guardians came home.1
1/15/2020Bolton, MassachusettsFirefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from a partially frozen pond.1
1/14/2020Palmyra, WisconsinA dog and his or her guardian were rescued after falling into an icy pond.1
1/6/2020Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaFirefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into the Ottawa River.1
1/5/2020Amesbury, MassachusettsA pit bull who ran away from her home fell through the ice on a pond and had to be rescued by firefighters. ​1
1/1/2020Boulder, ColoradoA woman fell through the ice on a lake while trying to rescue her dog, who had done the same. Firefighters rescued both of them.1

No animal should endure a cold weather–related death. It’s inexcusable.

As guardians, we must take these vital steps in order to protect our beloved animal family members:

1. Keep animals indoors.

Puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, are particularly susceptible to the elements, but all animal companions should be kept warm and cozy indoors. Short-haired animals will also benefit from wearing warm sweaters or coats during brief trips outdoors.

2. Don’t allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors without supervision.

Being outside unattended is always dangerous for our animal companions, but cold weather poses even more risks. Cats can climb under the hoods of cars in order to get near warm engines and then be badly injured or killed when the vehicle is started.

3. Keep an eye out for strays.

If you see companion animals roaming the streets, bring them indoors until you can find their guardians, or take them to an animal shelter.

4. Clean dogs after they come in from the snow.

Salt and chemicals used to counter snow can make animals sick if they ingest them. Always clean off your dogs’ legs, paws, and stomach after they’ve been out in the snow. If you use antifreeze, buy a nontoxic brand like Sierra or Prestone LowTox.

5. If you see dogs left outdoors in extreme weather without proper shelter, alert the authorities.

Winter weather spells extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements, note their location and alert local authorities immediately.

6. Help all animals survive cold snaps.

During extreme winter conditions, you can provide birds and other wildlife with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice twice a day.

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When the weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings in order to prevent the animals’ dependence on artificial feedings.

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Together, we can help drastically reduce the number of dogs and other animal companions who die in cold weather and even eliminate these tragedies altogether.

Animals are counting on us—as their guardians and as good Samaritans—to keep them safe. We can’t let them down.

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Make sure that all your friends and family members know the potentially lifesaving cold-weather tips above:

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