For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Rock Falls, Iowa – As the Whiteside County 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. Just this week in Rock Falls, a cat was reportedly rescued after being abandoned outside in a carrier that became filled with snow when the road was plowed. 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. By sharing this information, PETA hopes to save a life.
These are some of the additional deaths across the U.S. that have been reported:
- While responding to a complaint in Butler County, Ohio, the local dog warden found a German shepherd dead inside his doghouse. Although there were four bales of straw on the owners’ front porch, they hadn’t put any straw bedding in the doghouse.
- In Hartford, Connecticut, officers responding to a complaint from a concerned neighbor found a chained pit bull mix who had died of hypothermia. He was also found inside his doghouse.
- In Lynchburg, Virginia, an animal control officer performing a welfare check found a chained dog who had frozen to death inside his doghouse.
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.
Please also see PETA’s cold-weather public service announcement featuring Justin Theroux.
For more information, visit PETA.org.