Freezing temperatures and outdoor pets

When temperatures drop below freezing, it’s our responsibility to make sure our outdoor animals will be okay. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. How cold is very cold For your pet to live outside, 40F? The same goes for the heat advisory as temperatures soared to 80 degrees.

Many people have the misconception that if a dog is big, tough or young, it will be fine in the cold. But, that’s just not true. Dogs and cats can. Get hypothermia or freeze to death. Just like humans. Age, weight, or a tough exterior, and a thick fur coat have nothing to do with it. A perfect example is what happened to this poor German Shepherd.

According to Louisiana law, It is illegal to leave pets outside in freezing temperatures without access to a warm shelter, to get out of the cold and stay dry. If you see an animal in distress, please Report animal neglect or cruelty. Call your local law enforcement agency, Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (337) 721-3730 or animal control agency immediately.

This is not rocket science. It is not good to leave an animal outside in extreme weather conditions. In Louisiana, those convicted of animal cruelty or neglect can face fines between $5,000 and $25,000, 1 to 10 years in prison, or both. SWLA is under a severe weather warning/hard freeze warning.

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