Cold Temperatures Dangerous To Pets
If you decide to leave your four-legged friends in sub-zero temperatures, you could run the risk of getting your pets taken away.
Leaving your pets outside can cause them serious injuries including death.
"We've moved quite a few dogs due to the weather," Humane Officer Rosey Quinn said.
Removing a pet from freezing cold temperatures is in the best interest of the animal.
"It's heartbreaking because the pads of their paws freeze just like out skin does, it freezes that fast," Quinn said.
When it gets below zero, officers don't suggest having your animals outside at all.
"It doesn't take any time at all for a dog to freeze to death," Quinn said.
A pit bull mix was found dead near a kennel on 12th Street in Sioux Falls. He was found frozen to death, which is why many people are calling the Second Chance Rescue Shelter.
"We get a lot of calls everyday about animals, summer and winter and this winter is much worse than usual," says Quinn.
But no matter what the season, officers say you need to take full responsibility for your pet.
"There are people out there who think animals belong outside and not in the home and that's okay but if you're going to leave that animal outside then you need to provide for him or we'll end up showing up at your home," Quinn said.
The Second Chance Rescue Shelter suggests putting your pets in a garage or somewhere warm.
If you decide to leave them outside, set the dog house on the south or east side to protect them from snow and wind.
Use straw for bedding instead of blankets and towels, as they'll absorb moisture and will freeze solid.
Use a heated water bowl.
And, when temperatures drop, dogs need more food because they'll burn calories just to stay warm.
The owner of the pit bull mix may face several animal cruelty charges.