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

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 46
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I get upset when our landlord doesn’t give us heat for 10 hours as I think my cat is freezing. I cannot fathom why people have “pets” can just leave them outside without shelter, warmth or any interaction with their owners. I don’t think you need to say anything to her as she obviously won’t care. But I would call ASPCA or another rescue org to have the dog taken away. It doesn’t sound like she would really care if she has the dog or not anyways. He deserves to me in a warm and happy home. 

Post # 47
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love animals, and my kitty is an inside cat, but I grew up with outside pets (cats and dogs). I had a yellow lab for most of my childhood (and my parents have had a few labs since then), and he was outdoors all the time, unless it got bitterly cold (which in NW PA, is below 0), and then he slept in the mudroom (the cat was allowed in the basement then, too). 

The lab had a nice, insulated house (and later, a shed with hay), and my father would refresh his water regularly, so it never stayed frozen. When he was tied up, he had a long run and easy access to either his house or the garage for shade/warmth. I don’t consider that abuse. A (big) dog can absolutely live outside (and thrive!) – even in cold weather. You just need to provide proper shelter/food/water.

Now, if this dog doesn’t have any of this, call Animal Control – in VA, you can be fined and/or lose the dog for providing inadequate shelter.

Post # 48
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ok, I odn’t think it matters what we all think about how cold is too cold, what matters is whether this animal is hurting and whether or not this is against the law.

I would strongly suggest calling your local SPCA, or shelter to find about the laws and regulations where you live, and go from there. You might have grounds to report her, and at the very minimum you can (hopefully) feel better if it turns out that they deem this to be acceptable.

Post # 49
9646 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

All you can do is find out if the dog has adequate shelter, and if not, call and report it. People suck.

Post # 51
849 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

kikilo:  I also live in TN. I’m originally from up north, and I still think the temps we have been getting the last couple of years are too cold to leave a dog out all night. Our neighbors leave their dogs out at night. Do they survive? Yes. But are they comfortable? I really don’t think so. 🙁 I feel bad whenever I see them out–no dog house or blankets that we can see. They have two Shelties and some kind of poodle mix. Small dogs.

Like PP said, the lab is probably much more comfortable in the cold than those dogs are, but I still can understand why you’d want something better for him. Buy him a doghouse, for real! And some nice warm blankets to put inside. If he’s cold, he’ll use it. There are some cute ones on Amazon for about $60.

Post # 52
2257 posts
Buzzing bee

kikilo:  Call the ASPCA on her anonymously. I would. But I’m sort of an animal rights freak who destroyed the squirrel trap my brother was using when we were kids. I am ok with trapping and releasing but he wasn’t doing that…

If you keep outside pets, you AT LEAST have to provide adequate housing. A heated dog house. An insulated dog house with a lamp. If it’s too cold for humans, it’s too cold for animals.

Post # 53
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017

kikilo:  Well if they seem to not give a damn about the dog running away, I’d say steal him. Unless he’s microchipped, but they seem to not care honestly. My dad is kinda like that. He thinks animals belong outside (though we grew up and live in the south) but he knows how I feel about it and lets them either live inside or be insdie/outside pets. 

If theft isn’t an option for you (I go hardcore for animals apparently lol) call the local humane society, or pet police (idk what they’re called right now) 

Other than that I mean you could offer to take him of their hands if you can take in a dog.

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