The Longview Police and the Longview Animal Control in Texas found a dog literally frozen to death on Tuesday morning at the 2400 block of 13th Street according to the police report on Facebook.
The dog had been chained in the yard; authorities stated there had been no water, food, or shelter provided.
When taken to the veterinarian for examination, the dog's body had been so frozen no temperature reading could even be determined.
The Longview Police Department's Facebook page has received more than 500 comments from outraged citizens. Animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. In a statement from the police department:
"We understand the outrage some of you are feeling from this story. It is a terrible story to have to tell. However, in order to protect the animals in the future laws must change and that can only come from talking to legislators and lawmakers. It also comes from those who care being alert and calling in to the police when they feel an animal may be in danger. Working together is the only way we will make our City, State, and Country a better place for all..."
Some dogs are better suited than others for living outdoors, but adequate protection away from the wind, rain, and snow is necessary for all pets. Proper insulation like straw and blankets will help the animals maintain their body heat. Cedar shavings can be irritating to a pet's skin, so caution should be taken. Find more useful suggestions for protecting your pets against the extreme cold by clicking here.
Please be the voice for those who cannot speak during these extremely cold conditions. If you see an animal suffering because of the weather, call the nearest animal shelter or police. Be an advocate for a helpless pet.
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