Jan 6, 2014 11:59 AM by MELISSA CANONE
The Humane Society of Louisiana is urging all pet and farm animal owners to provide sufficient shelter over the next few days as temperatures are expected to plunge to low double digits.
"Like other shelters and humane organizations around the state, we are being flooded with calls, text messages and emails concerning animals left out in the cold without any shelter. Many of the text messages and emails have photos of the animals, predominately dogs, shriving in the cold. Some are tied to back doors, a few to trees," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Executive Director. "We are answering as many as we can and working with police and sheriff's departments to notify pet owners of their legal responsibilities. We also expect a few arrests to be made, since owners were notified several days ago of the problem and have yet to take any corrective action," adds Dorson.
Ideally, according to the Humane Society, dogs and cats should be kept inside during all cold spells. Unheated dog houses simply cannot offer enough protection from the freezing weather.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal protection organizations in the state, with more than 10,000 supporters. For more information, please call 1-888-6-humane or visit their website at www.humanela.org.