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COLD, COLD HEART: Dogs Left Freezing to Death In Cold ALL ACROSS U.S.

In Iowa, two dogs, Chloe and Sophie, were chained outside without reach to food, shelter or water with temperatures of - 20 degrees on some days. The 'owner' was issued a 'citation'.

BENJAMIN FEARNOW:Dogs across the U.S. are being found frozen to death or left to die in subzero temperatures as animal rescue and police departments report dozens of “horrific” scenes of neglect. Despite widespread warnings from law enforcement and animal rights groups about leaving pets outside in this week’s frozen weather, canine owners throughout the Midwest are being cited for negligent, often deadly, decisions to leave dogs out to die in the bitter cold…

In Iowa’s Polk County, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa said two dogs, Chloe and Sophie, were chained outside without reach to food, shelter or water outside of a Northeast 120th Street plastic crate doghouse, the Des Moines Register reported. The owner, Rebecca Woods, 22, was charged with two counts of animal neglect on January 25, and issued a citation but not brought into jail… Temperatures in the state have seen lows of minus 20 degrees on some days…

In Youngstown, Ohio, an Animal Charity humane agent and two Mahoning County Dog Warden deputies freed three animals chained outside with bolt cutters… Local police called animal care agents to a Wilson Avenue junkyard where they rescued one dog before finding another dead inside of a dog house behind a yard of someone who may not even face any legal trouble…

Darcie Kurtz, the founder of Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, or FIDO, told Newsweek that… police department cooperation and the backing of local legislation has dramatically reduced canine cold weather deaths — even against reluctant pet owners… “You can’t do this anymore, they’re finally learning that it takes education, takes an ordinance and it takes outrage. The media and the police have helped…in previous years there were a lot more animals who suffered and died”.’ SOURCE…

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