In Omaha, Nebraska, a woman left her two Chihuahuas outside in the frigid weather with no protection from the elements. The Nebraska Humane Society is now investigating the death of a 4-pound dog.
According to the Omaha World Herald, on Tuesday evening, Animal Control officers arrived at a home located on the 5000 block of South 18th Street to find two tiny dogs left tethered in the backyard. One of the dogs had died from hypothermia, and the other dog had become tangled within a fenced area and was unable to move. No shelter was available for either of the dogs.
The dogs’ owner, Maria Roubideaux, 24, faces two charges of animal cruelty. The surviving dog has been seized and is in the custody of the Nebraska Humane Society. He is reported to be doing fine. Authorities are urging owners to be aware of the dangers leaving their pets outdoors. If there are no other options than leaving pets outside in the freezing weather, make sure to have insulated dog houses with flaps at the opening to block the wind, snow and freezing rain. Line the dog houses with straw or hay and make sure to keep water bowls from freezing.
Rest in peace little pup. How could any owner not realize a 4-pound dog doesn’t belong outside in freezing Omaha weather?
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