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Omaha man charged for leaving dog outdoors in below zero temperatures

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Pouncer, an eight-year-old German shepherd is nice and warm and recovering from surgery at the Nebraska Humane Society after he was removed from his owner's yard in Omaha where the dog was left out in the cold while temperatures dropped to below zero reports kptm.com.

On Dec. 6, Animal Control Officer Ruthie Pohl said the dog was found shivering as he was tethered to a chain. The chain around the dog's neck had become embedded into Pouncer's neck requiring surgical removal and stitches.

The owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

Spokesperson Mark Langan stated that Pouncer had been kept outdoors continuously.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, the safest place for dogs during very cold weather is indoors. If that is not possible, the HSUS suggests a dog have a shelter which is large enough for the animal to sit or lie down, but small enough to hold in their body heat. The floor should be elevated off the ground and lined with straw, hay, or cedar shavings. The opening for the dog house should face away from the wind and should be covered with a thick plastic or burlap.

For more information about helping pets stay warm in extremely cold temperatures, please click here.

Pouncer will remain at the Nebraska Humane Society until a court decides whether he should be returned to his owner. If found guilty of animal cruelty, his owner faces a maximum punishment of six-months in jail and a $500 fine.

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