Urgent Message: It’s ILLEGAL to Leave Animals Out in the Cold

For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – As extreme cold affects parts of the United States, PETA reminds everyone of the following:

It is illegal to leave dogs and cats out in this weather—and those who do may face cruelty-to-animals charges.

Animals left outdoors can suffer from deadly frostbite and exposure, become dehydrated when water sources ice over, and die. PETA encourages people to contact law-enforcement authorities when they see a dog left outside, especially if the animal is chained or penned.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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