When the temperature plummets in New England, dogs left outside with nothing more than a wooden box for shelter must suffer in the cold. The sight of the dogs enduring the frigid temperatures outside left a good Samaritan shaken – enough so that she reached out to the local authorities for help. But no help was to be had – the outdated animal welfare laws in New Hampshire means that nothing will change for these dogs.
Laurel, the good Samaritan, told the Pet Rescue Report about the first time she saw the dogs, who are owned by a pit bull breeder, outside in the snow:
“I first became aware of the dogs on 2015, just randomly driving down the road. The kennels are easily visible from the road, which has prompted many complaints to animal control and the police, from local residents. Without going into detail, since that time, I have contacted animal control, police, town council, ASPCA, NHSPCA, HSUS, local newspapers, all 400 NH State Representatives, and NH Senators. No one is willing to help, the excuse being that the owners are within the (very outdated) NH animal welfare laws, because the dogs have “shelter” (wooden boxes).”
The temperature this coming week in Newton, New Hampshire, shows lows tumbling to just 12-degrees. With weak animal welfare laws on the books – little can be done to ease the suffering of the dogs who must endure each day outside, regardless of the temperature.
Earlier this month, animal control officers volunteered to spend a night outside in Saginaw County, Michigan, to show what it feels like to be forced to live outdoors in the cold – suffice to say, the three volunteers reported a night which left them in pain, and on the brink of hypothermia, from just one night in the frigid weather.
Dogs get cold – just like people do. Tragically, many dogs, who are forced to leave outside with woefully inadequate shelter, have perished over the past several weeks. In many areas of the nation, the authorities have advised residents to report dogs who are suffering outdoors – in some areas, there is help to be had. In others – the suffering continues, unchecked.
(Image contributed by good Samaritan)
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