For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Windsor, Ont. – As the Windsor area continues to experience freezing temperatures, PETA is highlighting the risks to animals, who can suffer from frostbite and exposure, become dehydrated when water sources ice over, and even die. Earlier this week, it was reported that a cat found nearly frozen on an Essex roadside last month died after suffering from the prolonged effects of hypothermia. Already this winter, there have been at least 19 cold weather–related animal deaths (last winter, there were 50)—and these are just the ones that have been reported. Most aren’t. PETA offers the following information, which may save a life.
Keep animals indoors. Freezing temperatures spell extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements and are unable to help, note their location and alert authorities immediately. (For information regarding what constitutes adequate shelter, click here.)
In cold weather, you can provide birds and other animals with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice twice a day. When weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings to encourage animals to move on to warmer areas.
Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted.