A cold snap began across BC on Friday.
Sergeant Trail RCMP Detachment Commander Mike Visentovich chalked up the weekend to a quieter than usual weekend in the city and surrounding area.
However, he explains that the patrols were increased because the cold temperatures pose a threat to people who cannot find a warm place and to pets left outside.
Cold snap checks.
Trail and Greater District RCMP officers focused on increasing patrols and watching out for vulnerable people on the second weekend in January.
With temperatures dropping, in addition to their active tours, the squad says officers have received requests from members of the public to check on the health of locals at risk of severe cold.
Officers made sure anyone in need of a warm place was notified of the United Church’s warming center, located in downtown Trail.
“Fortunately, Trail United Church and its volunteers opened their hearts and facilities with a temporary warming center for the winter,” Wisentovich adds. “The warming center was full and full every night.”
Claws also freeze.
On Saturday morning, a frontline RCMP officer received a report from a BC SPCA employee about a dog living on the street downtown.
The police were told that the dog appeared distressed due to severe cold.
The dog was found tied to a parking meter and suffered injuries to its paws from contact with the frozen ground.
An SPCA employee spoke with the owner who brought the dog to a closed temporary shelter to warm up.
Trail RCMP and the BCSPCA say they will continue to monitor the animal and the situation.
“Remember to bring your animals inside during cold weather for their safety and well-being,” Wisentovich advises. “Please notify your local SPCA or police agency regarding animal welfare.”
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