SPOKANE -- Spokane Animal Protection officers say these cold temperatures can be deadly for pets left outside.
Spokanimal says complaints have not been coming in as much this year as in year's past. They hope pet owners are just becoming more aware. But officers are seeing cases of possible neglect on a daily basis.
Spokane Animal Protection officer Bryan Townsend paid a second visit to an East Spokane home Wednesday. Townsend is following up on an original complaint of three dogs being left outside all day. Wednesday, there are two. Even though there are two shelters close by, Townsend still has concerns. He also wants to make sure the animals are not sitting or sleeping without a blanket on the cold cement inside. No one was home for the second visit, so Townsend leaves a second notice stating possible neglect or abuse.
Like a dog left in a hot car during the summer, Townsend says the cold weather can be just as bad for pets left in the open, especially those with short hair. They can get hypothermia, dehydrate if their water bowl freezes, frost bite, or simply freeze to death.
Townsend says Animal Control officers have the right to remove a pet from a property if they are unable to contact the owners or if they feel the animal is in immediate danger.