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.

Year Deaths Rescues Incidents
2020-2022 42 787 See the list.
2019 37 322 See the list.
2018 43 34 See the list.

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

Date Location Notes Number of Dogs and Other Animals Who Died
3/25/2022 Moyie, British Columbia, Canada A dog died after falling into an icy lake. 1
2/12/2022 Ypsilanti, Michigan A dog was found dead inside a snow-covered cage that was frozen to the ground near an apartment complex. 1
2/7/2022 Greene County, New York A dog died after slipping and falling while hiking in icy conditions. 1
2/7/2022 Schenectady, New York A dog died after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold. 1
2/3/2022 Steamboat Springs, Colorado A dog died after falling into an icy river. 1
1/28/2022 Boston, Massachusetts A 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 1/23/2022 Mahoning County, Ohio A dog died after being left without food inside an enclosed doghouse in freezing temperatures. 1
1/15/2022 Rockford, Illinois A dog was found dead inside a crate on a roadway, covered with snow. 1
1/15/2022 Charleston, Illinois A dog died after falling into an icy pond. 1
1/12/2022 Denver, Colorado A dog died after going missing while being cared for by companion animal–sitting company Wag! 1
1/10/2022 Detroit, Michigan One dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold. 1
1/4/2022 Orangeburg, South Carolina A puppy died after being left outside an animal control building in freezing temperatures. 1
1/2022 Reading, Pennsylvania A 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
2/22/2021 Fairview Township, Pennsylvania A 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
2/16/2021 Wichita, Kansas A dog froze to death after being tethered outside in freezing temperatures. 1
2/15/2021 Houston, Texas One dog died and five others had to be rescued after being left outside an auto body shop in subzero temperatures. 1
2/15/2021 Davis City, Iowa One dog died after being left outside during freezing temperatures. The owner was not charged nor was his other dog taken away. 1
2/14/2021 Grapeland, Texas Four horses and four dogs were rescued from a property after being left outside in subzero temperatures. Officials found one dog dead. 1
2/13/2021 Noble, Oklahoma After 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
2/13/2021 Frankfort, Kentucky Nine puppies were abandoned outside an animal shelter after hours in freezing temperatures. Five of them died. 5
2/8/2021 Burns Lake, British Columbia, Canada A dog was found half frozen outside in subzero temperatures. A good Samaritan attempted to save him, but the dog died shortly afterward. 1
2/8/2021 Detroit, Michigan A senior dog was found dead in his yard after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 2
2/7/2021 St. Louis, Missouri A 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
1/12/2021 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Animal control found a dog frozen to death. She was with her seven puppies, who were rescued and survived. 1
12/26/2020 Lakeville, Indiana A dog died after falling into an icy pond. 1
12/25/2020 Highlands Ranch, Colorado A dog died after falling through ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
12/21/2020 Rochester, New York Two dogs fell into a partially frozen pond. One dog was rescued, but the other one died. 1
12/18/2020 Hopkinsville, Kentucky A 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
2/23/2020 Marquette, Michigan A dog died after falling through ice into the Carp River. 1
2/5/2020 Orland, Maine A 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:

Date Location Notes Number of Dogs and Other Animals Who Were Rescued
4/14/2022 Guelph, Ontario, Canada A hypothermic cat was rescued after being found abandoned inside a cat carrier in a water-filled ditch. 1
3/25/2022 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Good Samaritans rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
3/25/2022 Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/24/2022 Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada Good Samaritans rescued a dog and their guardian from an icy pond. 1
3/23/2022 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/22/2022 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy waterfall. 1
3/21/2022 Manotick, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog and their guardians from an icy river. 1
Week of 3/20/2022 Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada First responders rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/18/2022 Mayville, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
3/17/2022 Air Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada A firefighter rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
3/17/2022 London, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/16/2022 Pickering, Ontario, Canada A cat was rescued after being dumped along the side of a road in the snow. 1
3/16/2022 Bethlehem, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/14/2022 Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
3/13/2022 Round Lake Beach, Illinois First responders rescued a dog from an icy retention pond. 1
3/12/2022 Idaho Falls, Idaho A dog was rescued from an icy river by his guardian. 1
3/12/2022 South Haven Charter Township, Michigan First responders rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
3/10/2022 Weston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/6/2022 Willoughby Hills, Ohio An emaciated dog was rescued by a police officer after being found nearly frozen to the ground. 1
3/5/2022 Duxbury, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/1/2022 Bethel, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond. 1
3/1/2022 Douglas County, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond. 1
3/1/2022 Boston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from Boston Harbor. 1
2/28/2022 Wyandotte, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/28/2022 Kingston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/27/2022 Peoria, Illinois Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy river. 2
2/26/2022 Bay City, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen bay. 1
2/26/2022 Overland Park, Kansas Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/25/2022 Douglas County, Missouri Firefighters rescued a cat who had been stuck in a tree for several days during a snowstorm. 1
2/24/2022 Tulsa, Oklahoma A man was arrested on cruelty-to-animals charges after police found his dog tied up outside in extreme cold. 1
2/21/2022 Abington, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water. 1
2/21/2022 Montrose, Iowa Firefighters and a good Samaritan rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/20/2022 Falmouth, Maine Firefighters rescued a dog from an ice-filled drainage pipe. 1
2/19/2022 Vernal, Utah Firefighters rescued a dog who had jumped into an icy reservoir to help their guardian, who had fallen in. 1
2/18/2022 Cleveland, Ohio A man was charged with cruelty after allegedly leaving a dog tied up outside in the cold and rain. 1
2/18/2022 Harrison County, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded outside in freezing temperatures and floodwater. 1
2/14/2022 Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy river. 1
2/12/2022 Streator, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog from a snowy sinkhole. 1
2/11/2022 Newburgh, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/9/2022 Indianapolis, Indiana Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond. 2
2/7/2022 Fort Collins, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/6/2022 Richmond, Virginia An emaciated dog was rescued after being abandoned outside an animal shelter in the cold. 1
2/6/2022 Liberty Township, Ohio A sheriff’s deputy rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond. 1
2/6/2022 Kaysville, Utah Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/5/2022 East Patchogue, New York A man was charged with “restraining pets in temperatures less than 32 degrees” after allegedly leaving his dog outside in subfreezing temperatures. 1
2/5/2022 Cadott, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water. 1
2/4/2022 Elkville, Illinois A dog was rescued from an icy pond. 1
2/4/2022 East Hampton, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/3/2022 Columbia, Missouri Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/2/2022 Fairfield, Connecticut Firefighters rescued two dogs and their guardian from an icy pond. 2
2/2/2022 West Brookfield, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/1/2022 Chicago, Illinois First responders rescued a dog from partially frozen Lake Michigan. 1
2/1/2022 Mesa County, Colorado A dog and his or her guardian were rescued after becoming lost while backcountry skiing. 1
1/31/2022 Newark, Ohio A missing dog was rescued after spending 17 days out in the cold. 1
1/31/2022 Barkhamsted, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/30/2022 Galax, Virginia Police officers rescued a kitten who was stuck to a frozen drainpipe. 1
1/29/2022 Lindenhurst, New York A man is facing cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly leaving his dog in an unheated car in subfreezing temperatures. 1
1/29/2022 Lanesborough, Massachusetts Six cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and five were rescued. 5
1/29/2022 Detroit, Michigan A dog was rescued after being abandoned and chained to a light pole in the cold. 1
1/29/2022 Denver, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/29/2022 Halifax County, North Carolina PETA fieldworkers rescued two dogs who were locked inside a wire crate in freezing temperatures. 2
1/28/2022 Boston, Massachusetts A 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
1/28/2022 Richmond, Massachusetts Ten cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and eight were rescued. 8
1/28/2022 Brighton, Colorado Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy body of water. 2
1/27/2022 Topeka, Kansas A good Samaritan rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/27/2022 Spout Spring, Virginia Sixteen cats and four dogs were rescued from the cold. 20
1/27/2022 Centennial, Colorado A dog and his or her guardian were rescued from an icy pond. 1
1/26/2022 Liberty Township, Ohio A sheriff’s deputy rescued a puppy from an icy pond. 1
1/25/2022 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada A dog was reunited with her guardians after getting loose and spending two weeks out in the cold. 1
1/25/2022 [No city listed], Alabama Nine dogs who’d been confined to wire crates were rescued from the cold. 9
1/25/2022 Whitewater Township, Ohio Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond. 2
1/24/2022 Darien, Connecticut A cat was rescued after being abandoned in freezing temperatures at a highway rest stop. 1
1/24/2022 Roanoke, Virginia An emaciated dog was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 1
1/23/2022 Sauk County, Wisconsin A 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 1/23/2022 Polk City, Florida A dog was rescued after being tied to a fence overnight in freezing temperatures. 1
1/22/2022 Suffolk County, New York A woman was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly leaving her 12-year-old dog outside in below-freezing temperatures overnight. 1
1/22/2022 Casper, Wyoming Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/22/2022 Jackson, Tennessee Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/21/2022 Horry County, South Carolina A dog was rescued after being abandoned in freezing rain. 1
1/21/2022 Springfield, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/21/2022 Austin, Texas A police officer rescued a dog who was abandoned on a patio in 27-degree weather. 1
1/20/2022 Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
1/19/2022 Chicago, Illinois A dog was rescued after showing up on someone’s porch in freezing temperatures. 1
1/18/2022 Corbin, Kentucky First responders rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/18/2022 Chatham, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from freezing water. 1
1/18/2022 Toledo, Ohio A stray puppy was rescued after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold. 1
1/17/2022 Fort Benton, Montana A police chief rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/17/2022 Baltimore, Maryland An injured puppy was rescued after being found in the bitter cold. 1
1/17/2022 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian who were lost in the woods in frigid temperatures. 1
1/16/2022 Fletcher, Oklahoma Nine puppies were rescued after being abandoned in the cold. 9
1/16/2022 Pagosa Springs, Colorado A missing dog was rescued after being found trapped atop a frozen waterfall. 1
1/15/2022 Charleston, Illinois Two dogs were rescued from an icy pond. 2
1/14/2022 Fort Mill, South Carolina Two abandoned dogs were rescued from the cold. 2
1/13/2022 Hopewell Township, New Jersey First responders rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/13/2022 Seelyville, Indiana Firefighters rescued two dogs and a deer from an icy pond. 2
1/13/2022 Plainville, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/13/2022 Lakewood, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/12/2022 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
1/12/2022 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/11/2022 Plattsburgh, New York Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy lake. 2
1/10/2022 Franklin County, Washington ​​Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/10/2022 Warren County, New York Firefighters rescued a dog and his guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/10/2022 Detroit, Michigan One dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold. 2
1/9/2022 New York, New York A dog was rescued after likely being abandoned and forced to live outside in the cold for three months. 1
Week of 1/9/2022 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada A cat was rescued after being found underneath a front porch in the cold. 1
1/8/2022 St. Paul, Minnesota A 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
1/7/2022 Cheyenne, Wyoming Animal control officers rescued a cat who was stuck in a swamp cooler in frigid temperatures. 1
1/7/2022 Lake City, Michigan Forty-one dogs were removed from a breeder after being left outside in below-freezing temperatures. 41
1/7/2022 Letts, Indiana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/7/2022 Pleasantville, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/5/2022 Lewiston, New York A police officer rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/3/2022 Boulder, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond. 1
Week of 1/2/2022 Drumheller, Alberta, Canada A kitten was rescued after being found frozen to a water trough on a farm. 1
1/1/2022 Lincoln, Massachusetts An emaciated serval, a wild cat native to Africa, was rescued after being found trying to survive in cold temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Caledonia, North Dakota A dog was rescued after being abandoned on the side of a road in below-zero temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Fargo, North Dakota A dog was rescued after being abandoned in below-zero temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Bismarck, North Dakota Four puppies were rescued from cold weather after they were discovered living under an abandoned trailer. 4
1/2022 Reading, Pennsylvania A 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
12/30/2021 Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada Nine dogs were seized from a property after being tied up outside in freezing temperatures. 9
12/30/2021 South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into cold water inside an abandoned building. 1
12/29/2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada A dog was reunited with his guardian after going missing and spending four days in extreme cold. 1
12/27/2022 Nelson, British Columbia, Canada Two dogs were rescued from an avalanche at a ski resort. 2
12/27/2021 Pierce County, Washington Nineteen dogs were rescued after being neglected during a winter storm. 19
12/27/2021 Great Falls, Montana Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy river. 2
12/27/2021 Liberty, Wisconsin Two dogs made it back to shore after falling through ice on a lake. 2
12/26/2021 Santa Clarita, California Thirty-one dogs were rescued after being tied up under a railway bridge in freezing temperatures. 31
12/26/2021 Moultonborough, New Hampshire Three people rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
12/26/2021 Grand County, Colorado A dog was rescued by skiers after being buried in an avalanche. 1
Week of 12/26/2021 Lawton, Oklahoma Humane Society of Lawton–Comanche County officials rescued a malnourished dog found outside in the cold. 1
12/24/2021 Papillion, Nebraska After falling through ice on a lake, a dog was rescued by his or her guardian. 1
12/21/2021 Denver, Colorado Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond. 2
12/20/2021 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
12/17/2021 El Paso, Texas A woman was arrested after allegedly leaving an elderly dog out in the cold. 1
12/17/2021 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Seven puppies were rescued after being found at a garbage dump in cold weather. 7
12/16/2021 Lake Tahoe, California A dog was rescued by volunteers after being found stuck in 5 feet of snow. 1
12/13/2021 Calgary, Alberta, Canada A pregnant dog was rescued after being found tied to a wooden pole in the snow. 1
12/13/2021 Fort Collins, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
12/11/2021 Denver, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
12/10/2021 Waterdown, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog and a man from an icy pond. 1
12/8/2021 Carroll, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
12/6/2021 St. Paul, Minnesota An emaciated dog was rescued after being caged outside in freezing temperatures 1
12/2/2021 Airdrie, Alberta, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy canal. 1
12/2021 Bridgewater, Virginia A missing dog was rescued from an icy river after spending a week out in the cold. 1
11/30/2021 Belfair, Washington Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
11/29/2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
4/11/2021 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Rescuers saved a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen river. 1
4/6/2021 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Rescuers saved a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen river. 1
3/26/2021 Lebanon, New Hampshire Firefighters rescued a dog who was trapped on a partially frozen lake. 1
3/24/2021 Cairo, New York Police officers rescued two dogs who had fallen through ice on a reservoir. 2
3/21/2021 Bigfork, Montana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/18/2021 Edwards, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through ice on a partially frozen lake. 1
3/7/2021 Bolingbrook, Illinois Two dogs had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into an icy pond. 2
3/6/2021 Idaho Falls, Idaho Three dogs were rescued by firefighters after falling into the Snake River. 3
3/5/2021 Long Beach, New York Police officers rescued a dog who was locked inside a freezing van on a 29-degree night. 1
3/5/2021 Monee, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy reservoir. 1
3/5/2021 Wheaton, Illinois A dog had to be rescued from an icy pond. 1
3/4/2021 Manteno, Illinois A dog was rescued by two police officers after falling into an icy lake. 1
3/4/2021 Hanson, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond. 1
3/4/2021 Oronoco, Minnesota A dog had to be rescued after falling into an icy lake. 1
3/3/2021 Hanson, Massachusetts A dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond. 1
3/2/2021 Jefferson, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a 12-year-old girl and her dog after they fell into a partially frozen pond while on a walk. 1
2/28/2021 Sylvania, Ohio A dog had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into an icy pond. 1
2/27/2021 Hoopeston, Illinois Firefighters and local residents rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/27/2021 Vigo County, Indiana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/26/2021 Long Beach, New York A dog was rescued after being left inside a van during below-freezing temperatures. 1
2/26/2021 Columbus, Indiana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/25/2021 Aurora, Indiana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/24/2021 Pike Creek, Delaware Firefighters rescued a dog trapped on a partially frozen pond. 1
2/24/2021 Lee’s Summit, Missouri Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on Raintree Lake. 1
2/24/2021 Wilmington, Delaware Police and firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded on a frozen pond. 1
2/24/2021 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada After a 2-year-old cat was found frozen on a porch, her leg and tail had to be amputated. 1
2/23/2021 Glen Carbon, Illinois A 17-year-old boy’s neighbor rescued the boy’s dog after the animal fell into a partially frozen lake. 1
2/23/2021 Edmonton, Alberta Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
2/23/2021 Parker, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake at Salisbury Equestrian Park. 1
2/23/2021 Tonawanda, New York A dog and his two guardians had to be rescued after falling into a frozen creek. 1
2/23/2021 San Antonio, Texas Animal Services rescued about 200 animals during the week of winter weather. 200
2/22/2021 Mapaville, Missouri Two fire departments worked together to rescue a dog who had fallen into a thawing icy pond. 1
2/22/2021 Marshall, Arkansas A dog had to be rescued by police, other first responders, and neighbors after falling into a partially frozen pond. 1
2/22/2021 Madison, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a woman and her dog after they fell through the ice on Lake Monona. 1
2/22/2021 Olive Branch, Mississippi A dog and the dogs guardian has to be rescued after falling into a frozen pond. 1
2/22/2021 Clinton, British Columbia, Canada A dog was rescued after being lost for 17 days outside during one of the seasons worst cold snaps. 1
2/22/2021 Shelby County, Tennessee Firefighters 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
2/22/2021 Hot Springs, Arkansas A dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond. 1
2/21/2021 Robeson County, North Carolina A dog had to be rescued after being left chained outside in standing, freezing-cold floodwater. 1
2/20/2021 Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery 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
2/20/2021 Woodhaven, Michigan A dog was stuck on the frozen Detroit River for four days and was rescued by a good Samaritan. 1
2/19/2021 Murfreesboro, Tennessee A dog had to be rescued after falling into a frozen pool. 1
2/19/2021 Houston, Texas An elderly Labrador was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 1
2/18/2021 Franklin County, Ohio A dog suffering from a BB shot to the head was abandoned inside a cage in a snowy parking lot. 1
2/18/2021 Houston, Texas A dog was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 1
2/18/2021 Harvey County, Kansas A cat was rescued after being abandoned in the cold. 1
2/18/2021 San Antonio, Texas A woman found a dog wandering around outside during frigid temperatures and used tortillas to lure him into her car. 1
2/18/2021 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada A dog was rescued after being found outside in freezing temperatures. He was suffering from frostbite on his ears and tail. 1
2/17/2021 Franklin, Tennessee A man jumped into a partially frozen pond to save his dog, who had fallen in. 1
2/17/2021 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A dog had to be rescued by police officers after being left on a balcony while it was snowing. 1
2/16/2021 Toronto, Ontario A dog had to be rescued from an icy pond. 1
2/16/2021 Harris County, Texas Eight dogs and a pig were rescued from a property after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 9
2/15/2021 Southlake, Texas A dog playing in the snow in his backyard wandered onto a partially frozen pool and fell in. His guardian rescued him. 1
2/15/2021 Youngstown, Ohio One 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
2/15/2021 Bellmead, Texas Two puppies had to be rescued after being left in a dumpster during single-digit temperatures. 2
2/15/2021 Houston, Texas Eight dogs had to be rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. They were all malnourished, and one had a broken jaw. 8
2/15/2021 Houston, Texas One dog died and five others had to be rescued after being left outside an auto body shop in subzero temperatures. 1
2/15/2021 Princeton, Minnesota A cat had to be rescued after being found outside in freezing temperatures and suffering from frostbite. 1
2/14/2021 Albuquerque, New Mexico A 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
2/14/2021 Oxford, Mississippi A puppy had to be rescued from a frozen lake after falling through the ice while fetching a stick. 1
2/14/2021 Hot Springs, Arkansas A man and his dog had to be rescued by police after falling into a frozen pond. 1
2/14/2021 Southlake, Texas A dog had to be rescued by his guardian and a police officer after falling into an icy pond. 1
2/14/2021 Cedar Springs, Michigan A woman found a cat nearly frozen to one of the tires on her car. The animal is recovering. 1
2/14/2021 Grapeland, Texas Four horses and four dogs were rescued from a property after being left outside in subzero temperatures. Officials found one dog dead. 8
2/13/2021 Frankfort, Kentucky Nine puppies were abandoned outside an animal shelter after hours in freezing temperatures. Five of them died. 4
2/12/2021 Houston Texas Harris 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
2/8/2021 Wichita, Kansas Firefighters rescued a dog trapped on a partially frozen pond. 1
2/8/2021 Omaha, Nebraska A cat was rescued after getting stuck in a chain-link fence in the snow. 1
2/8/2021 Topeka, Kansas Three fire departments worked together to rescue a dog who had fallen into an icy river. 1
2/8/2021 St. Louis, Missouri A 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
2/7/2021 Escondido, California A dog had to be rescued after being tied to a pole and abandoned in a park. 1
1/28/2021 Omaha, Nebraska Rescue crews had to save a dog and the dog’s two guardians after they fell into an icy pond. 1
1/27/2021 Mansfield, Ohio A 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
1/24/2021 Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada A couple rescued a cat who was living outside in the cold and suffering from frostbite. 1
1/24/2021 Branford, Connecticut A 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
1/20/2021 New York, New York A dog was rescued by police officers after falling into the icy Jamaica Bay. 1
1/17/2021 Cairo, New York A 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
1/13/2021 Catawissa, Pennsylvania A 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
1/12/2021 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Seven puppies were rescued after being left outside in the cold. Their mother didn’t survive. 7
1/8/2021 Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania A dog was tied to a pole and abandoned outside an animal shelter during 24-degree weather. He was discovered and rescued. 1
1/7/2021 San Antonio, Texas A 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
1/3/2021 Burlington, Vermont A 10-year-old Great Dane was found abandoned on the side of the road in freezing temperatures. 1
1/3/2021 Québec, Canada A woman took in a cat who was suffering from frostbite, worms, and rotten teeth after being abandoned outdoors in the cold. 1
12/31/2020 Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada A semi-truck driver rescued a cat who had been run over and was frozen to the road. 1
12/28/2020 Avon, Ohio A golden retriever was rescued by police officers after falling into an icy pond at Veterans Memorial Park. 1
12/23/2020 Needham, Massachusetts A dog and a woman were rescued after falling through ice into the Charles River. 1
12/22/2020 Eastchester, New York Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
12/22/2020 Frederick, Maryland A dog and the dog’s guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy lake. 1
12/21/2020 Rochester, New York Two dogs fell into a partially frozen pond. One dog was rescued, but the other one died. 1
12/20/2020 Wasatch County, Utah Three people and a dog were rescued from a partially frozen reservoir. 1
12/18/2020 Easton, Connecticut  A dog and the dog’s guardian had to be rescued after falling into an icy pond. 1
12/17/2020 Whittemore, Michigan A dog had to be rescued by his guardian after falling into an icy river. 1
12/16/2020 Box Elder County, Utah A dog and his guardian had to be rescued after falling through the ice at Mantua Reservoir. The dog sustained lacerations and hypothermia. 1
12/16/2020 Round Lake, New York A 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
12/11/2020 Shawano, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river. 1
12/11/2020 High Point, NC Someone has been abandoning cats outside the Guilford County Animal Shelter. It has happened at least four times. 5
12/10/2020 Woodbury, Vermont Volunteer firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy lake. 1
12/10/2020 Colrain, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
12/7/2020 Lone Tree, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond on a golf course. 1
12/5/2020 Concord Township, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog who was trapped on thin ice in the middle of a pond. 1
12/2/2020 Horace, North Dakota Firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded on a chunk of ice in a river. 1
10/26/2020 Commerce City, Colorado A 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
12/11/2020 Minnesota A dog ran away from his new home on December 11 and wasn’t caught until 66 days later after enduring extreme cold. 1
12/11/2020 Greensboro, NC Two cats were left in carriers by a dumpster outside a cat clinic during freezing temperatures. They survived. 2
11/25/2020 Bevent, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
11/16/2020 Dickinson, North Dakota Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river. 1
3/30/2020 Pinedale, Wyoming A sheriff’s deputy rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
3/9/2020 Leominster, Massachusetts A 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
3/5/2020 Sherburne County, Minnesota Sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river. 1
3/4/2020 Olmsted County, Minnesota A dog and three people who had tried to help the animal were rescued from Lake Zumbro. 1
3/2/2020 Muskegon, Michigan A dog was rescued after he went missing and was later found trapped on a piece of ice in the middle of a lake. 1
2/29/2020 Neptune City, New Jersey Eight 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
2/25/2020 Leverett, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond. 1
2/23/2020 Chicago, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog and the animal’s guardian from a partially frozen lagoon. 1
2/18/2020 Colorado Springs, Colorado Two dogs were rescued by firefighters after falling through the ice on a partially frozen body of water at a park. 2
2/16/2020 Springfield Township, Ohio A police officer and a kayaker rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
2/15/2020 Boston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from a partially frozen pond. 1
2/12/2020 Plainfield, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
2/9/2020 Denver, Colorado A dog and his or her guardian died after falling into an icy pond. 1
2/6/2020 Vermilion, Ohio A 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
2/2/2020 Winthrop, New York Firefighters rescued a horse who had fallen into an icy river. The animal sustained minor scrapes and bruises. 1
2/1/2020 Flagstaff, Arizona Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy lake. 1
1/31/2020 South Milwaukee, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on Lake Michigan. 1
1/30/2020 Tilton, New Hampshire Firefighters rescued a dog who was stuck on thin ice in the middle of a lake. 1
1/30/2020 Jefferson County, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into frigid water following a car crash. 1
1/30/2020 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who was wearing a harness and leash from a frozen river. 1
1/29/2020 Bloomington, Minnesota Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy river. 1
1/27/2020 Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada A dog and four children were rescued after falling through the ice on the St. John River. 1
1/26/2020 Louisville, Kentucky A 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
1/24/2020 Manson, Washington Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
1/24/2020 Salem, Massachusetts Someone tied a dog to a pole outside an animal shelter during freezing temperatures. The dog was found and was fine. 1
1/22/2020 Drayton Valley, AB, Canada Three 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
1/22/2020 Fort Smith, Arkansas A freezing cat with leg wounds was rescued after being spotted in a park. 1
1/21/2020 Jackson, Mississippi A 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
1/19/2020 East Greenwich, Rhode Island Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into an icy pond. 1
1/19/2020 Sterling, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog and his guardian from an icy pond. 1
1/18/2020 Glendale, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through thin ice into the Milwaukee River. 1
1/17/2020 Jefferson County, Idaho A dog was rescued by his or her guardian after falling into an icy river. 1
1/16/2020 Burr Ridge, Illinois A 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
1/15/2020 Bolton, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from a partially frozen pond. 1
1/14/2020 Palmyra, Wisconsin A dog and his or her guardian were rescued after falling into an icy pond. 1
1/6/2020 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into the Ottawa River. 1
1/5/2020 Amesbury, Massachusetts A pit bull who ran away from her home fell through the ice on a pond and had to be rescued by firefighters. ​ 1
1/1/2020 Boulder, Colorado A 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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