(Closed) Fiance's sister leaves dogs out in the cold

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

kikilo:  This sickens me! You should tell her to bring it in a garage atleast, with warm blankets or the shelter.Atleast there he will be warm!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Wait. Out of curiousity, how cold does it get? Because I generally find that people’s definitions of cold vary quite a bit.

ETA: I have no idea at what temperature anyone should bring a dog indoors, I just find that “cold” is not descriptive enough.

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Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

There are people who believe a dog is an outside pet. if your fiancé chooses to speak to his sister that’s fine but  I wouldn’t get involved in this if I were you. After you’re married, you and this woman will be together the rest of your lives, it’s not worth antagonizing her. you can check your local regulations to ensure she is in compliance, if not mention it to your fiancé and he can pass the message along, but if her behavior is as you say commonplace in her area you may have to overlook it. Perhaps you and your fiancé might gift them a sturdy doghouse. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

What I’m going to say is so illegal but if it were me I would sneak over there at night a steal him. I would try and find him a good home. Ooor I would call the spca and report them.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Depends on the dog and it depends on where in Texas. I’m in Oklahoma, Texas’ shoulder and most of our days are highs of mid 40’s. It does get drastically colder at night but we usually don’t have lows that would be dangerous during the day and it’ll drop down to the teens at night.<br /><br /><br /><br />However, labs were born and bred in Labrador (hence the name) and cold isn’t going to be as dramatic on them as it would, for example, a cocker spaniel or an australian shepard. I have a lab and he is happiest in the cold. <br /><br />

 

<br />I am not advocating for dogs to be left out in the cold. They need proper shelter like any other animal. However, in the current weather I’ve been having and most of Northern/Mid texas, a dog being outside in this temperature, especially one evolutionarily built for cold, will not be that big of a deal.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Omg how sad!!! I feel horrible for that dog!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Hyperventilate:  that’s a great point. We have a samoyed and he loves to place outside even in single digit weather. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Princesskitty101:  There is actually a rescue lady in my neighborhood that does this. I have helped her twice! 

kikilo:  maybe you can buy him a sweater. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Just because you may treat your pets as family, doesn’t mean everyone does or has to. My grandpa was the sort that believed anything that ate food had to work for it, so any cats they owned were barn cats for mousing, and dogs stayed outside to guard and occasionally went hunting with him. Its not that he didnt love them, he just didnt think you got animals to baby. 

As long as the dog has access to food and fresh water and a place where it can get out of the weather (a garage, a shed, or a dog house) then I think this is a situation where you need to put your own feelings aside and mind your own business.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

kikilo:  Does he have any kind of shelter at all? A dog house with a heated bed and straw? Does he have a water source that won’t freeze? Does he get lots of attention otherwise?

I am someone whose dogs sleep with her at night, but I believe that animals can be outdoor pets and be happy. The thing is, they need to be set up for comfort and love in their outdoor home. If the answer to any of the above questions is “no”, then make an anonymous call to the authorities and the humane society.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Ugh, I really hope she gives that poor dog a sweater or some sort of outside heating unit 🙁

I would say something. I love animals, especially dogs.

Can Dogs Live Outside In All Seasons?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

a_day_at_the_fair:  My grandfather had hunting dogs who lived outside.

I know here in Ontario (well Toronto) the law states a dog who is left outisde for more than 30 mins must have a shelter to go to that is insulated in some way.   

Depending on the breed of Dog… and it being TN I think they’ll be just fine.

With the windchill here it’s about -4 Farenheit here and there are plenty of breeds that would be fine overnight….  would I do it, EFF NO!

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