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

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

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robynrox47:  The law is pretty much the same here in Oregon as well. Dogs can be outside in all weather as long as they are provided with “adequate shelter and bedding.” Dog houses don’t have to be insulated, but they are required to have blankets or hay or something they can use for warmth. 

I am not the sort who leaves my dogs outside, I baby them and they are almost constantly with me (if I could take them to work I would in a heartbeat!) That said, I know not everyones views are the same and lets face it, they’re animals. They’re made to be outside. As long as they’re safe, its none of my business if you choose to treat your dog like a dog and not like a furry child.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

 

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robynrox47:  northern ontarian here! we are currently having -23 with like -33 with wind chill.. i’d have no problem stealing a dog to protect it, and would never ever ever even think of leaving my little baby outside for extended periods ever! even in the heat! if i feel like i need to escape the weather the doggie probably does too. 

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I grew up in small town USA and lived on a farm.  All the dogs that have been my 40 plus years have lived outdoors and I live in a very cold state. They all had shelter as in the barn where there is hay to take shelter. They were outdoor dogs, and that is where they lived.  Many, many farm families are like this, as long as the animal has some kind of shelter that some kind of insulation, food and water they will be okay.

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Bumble bee

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Mrs-mcm-0507:  Totally agree! I wouldn’t do it but I grew up knowing Grampa used the dogs for hunting not as pets… my Malamute mix growing up was meant to be out doors in the winter and he usually slept in my bed 🙂

Funny enough grampa got a small beagle after his old hound died. When he was 12 weeks old he disappeared into the woods (grampa had 200 acres) and he assumed to little guy wasn’t comig back. About an hour later when he started up the ATV to go back in the little Beagle came trotting over with a rabbit in his mouth.  Ranger got to sleep on the porch from then on (and got a name).

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

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Hyperventilate:  She is in Tennessee..It gets pretty cold there for the south’s standards.

Op, I would say something. Or somehow try to get the dog and take that poor baby in. I”m in GA and it’s suppose to get like 12 later this week, that is freezing for us and I can’t imagine any kind of dog outside in that.

ETA: obviously, people who are from Canada, or some crazy ass cold place isn’t going to be as understanding to what “cold” is to us. 

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Post # 21
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Bumble bee

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ksn1219: LOL i lived in a rainforest for 6 months, came home and broke out a parka when it was around 55 degrees because I couldn’t handle it.  So I understand everyone has different thresholds…. but we’re talking about a dog.

If we’re talking a little chiuahua or Yorkie then I’d do anything and everything to bring the poor thing in… but big breeds wont suffer much.   OP – Just trying to reassure you in case SO or SO’s sister doesn’t do anything about it 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I had a few outdoor dogs growing up, but I’m from a small town in the south, where this is the norm.  When it was especially cold, the dogs either had a dog house outside, or went in the garage. I have smaller indoor dogs now though.  But I don’t think this is a huge deal, as long as the dog has  some sort of shelter.  Lots of breeds can really bare a colder temp just fine.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

For those saying the dog should be fine because it’s TN… In my area of TN, we have a low of 2 and a high of 23 tomorrow. 

I cannot for a second understand people who leave their dogs outside when it’s cold (OR super hot, hello 102 degree TN summers!) If I wouldnt want to be outside, no way im leaving my dog outside (who is currently wearing a sweater, sleeping in his kennel with extra blankets tonight)

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Some winter tolerant breeds can live outside in the winter if they are provided with proper shelter, food and access to fresh water. That being said, a proper dog house would have two sections some inner room is blocked from any wind and snow and should have straw and clean blankets for bedding that is changed often. You need to check with your state’s laws regarding animal requirements. If the basics are not being met, you can contact the SPCA or humane society who handles the region she lives in. They will come out an investigate. In cases where basic needs are not being met, they can seize the animal. 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Some dog don’t mind being outside in the cold. We have a pit bull boxer mix. We had to all but drag him in the house tonight. He has 2 dog houses with hay and blankets in them, he’s outside 97% of the time and when we bring him inside for extended periods of time he whines to go back outside. Much like he’s doing right now. By The Way I’m in Illinois and it’s 17 degrees with snow on the ground, but he’d much rather be out there than in here. Smh, crazy dog lol

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

So I looked into the link PinkPearls posted, and from that article:

“Vicksman [a veterenarian] recommends bringing puppies, kittens and short-haired dogs inside when the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius). Larger, furrier breeds that are acclimated to living outside in cold conditions can handle colder temps a bit better than short-haired breeds, but they still should never be left outside when the thermostat hits zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17.7 degrees Celsius) or below.”

And based off of what OP wrote, single digits are rare.  So depending on the breed and temperment of the dog, than yes, according to this vet, the dog could be fine outside for most if not all of winter.

I assume that the biggest problem then would be providing a liquid water source and adequete shelter of some kind.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

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kikilo:  Can’t you call animal control and state that you know for a fact that a dog is being neglected?  Usually they do something if they receive multiple complaints about it.

As for it being TN, no, I wouldn’t leave a dog out in 50 degree weather and I live in the south as well.  Our neighbor leaves his dogs out often, and they are yappy little things.  The barking drives me nuts, but I’ve reported them for leaving their dogs out 24/7 in the cold.

Post # 28
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Newbee

That is so evil.  I have a poodle and a maltese and they shake when they go outside for 10 mins and they have sweaters on (considering we live in Chicago).  I say gift them a nice dog house or report them.  

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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kikilo:  I live in Tennessee, too. They know it’s going down to 14 tonight right, and like 6 tomorrow? It is unacceptable to leave animals out in these conditions. You should call the police if you know their animals are outside. If you don’t want to, please feel free to PM me their address and I will do it myself. 

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Busy bee

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kikilo:  I really think it should be against the law to lock your dogs outside for hours on end. I’d just take him she won’t care anyways.

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