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February 9, 2021
Moira Collie 202-483-7382
Tulsa, Okla. – Ahead of an Arctic explosion forecast that will affect Tulsa, PETA notes that animals are particularly vulnerable to cold weather and winter storms, and there were at least 37 cold weather-related pet deaths in 2019 (these are just the ones about which were reported – almost none.) Here are just a few of the dogs that PETA field researchers found suffering from the cold this winter.
The following steps can go a long way in helping animals survive this arctic blast in cold weather:
Companion animals should always live indoors. “Dogs in the backyard” and “cats in the open air” like those shown in Breaking the chain, a new documentary directed by Oscar winner Angelica Houston, often goes without adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care. They are no better equipped to cope with cold temperatures or extreme weather conditions, they suffer terribly from frostbite and can die from exposure.
The coat will provide comfort for dogs in cold weather, a reliable harness will prevent them from loosening on a walk, and booties will protect their sensitive paw pads from the frozen ground. In cold weather, walks should be short, especially for short-haired dogs.
During extreme winter weather, provide an emergency water supply to birds and other wildlife by filling a heavy non-metallic water container (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice at least twice a day.
Good Samaritans who see companion animals kept in chains or in pens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or without adequate shelter from the weather. the exact location of the animals should be noted and reported immediately to local law enforcement. Anyone who leaves animals on the street to get hurt in harsh weather can be prosecuted.
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