A nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier named "Baby" was rescued in time from the McNeal Street home, but the mother dog died over night. Authorities believe the extremely cold conditions may have been a contributing factor to the death of the older dog.
A neighbor who had been feeding the dogs contacted authorities.
Bev Greco, the executive director of the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) stated the caretaker at the home is facing multiple animal cruelty and neglect charges. Authorities have had earlier visits to the property, but there were never sufficient reasons to seize any animals.
The Facebook page for the Cumberland County SPCA urges the public to be involved and be the voice for those who cannot speak:
"The animals in our county need YOU to be their voice!! If you see an animal who doesn't have the basics in life PLEASE report it so that we can help. Shelter from the weather, food & water, a safe & clean area to live in & veterinary care when ill or injured - all required by law....don't turn a blind eye."
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers excellent advice to pet owners (and other animals) during extremely cold conditions; including how to recognize problems, being prepared, and proper nutrition. Click here for more information.
Be practical; if the weather outdoors is too cold for you, it is reasonable to assume the temperatures are too cold outdoors for your pet.
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