Urgent From PETA Ahead of Arctic Blast: Survival Tips for Animals in Dallas

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February 10, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dallas – Ahead of predicting the Arctic explosion that will affect the Dallas area, PETA notes that animals are particularly vulnerable to cold weather and winter storms, and that 2019 saw at least 37 cold weather pet deaths reported – most not.) A look at some of the dogs that PETA field workers are suffering in the cold this winter is shown here.

The following steps can help animals survive this arctic explosion and future cold weather:

Pets should always live indoors. “Backyard dogs” and “outdoors cats” – as in Breaking the Chain, the new documentary by Oscar winner Anjelica Huston – often forego sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary care. They are no better equipped to withstand freezing temperatures or extreme weather conditions than humans, suffer terribly from frostbite and can die from exposure.

Coats keep dogs comfortable in cold weather, secure straps can keep them from loosening while walking, and boots protect their delicate paw pads from the frozen ground. Keep walks short in cold weather, especially for short-haired dogs.

Provide emergency water supplies for birds and other wildlife in extreme winter weather by filling a heavy non-metallic bowl of water (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice at least twice a day.

Good Samaritans who see pets chained or penned in 24/7 outside or without adequate protection from the elements should record the exact location of the animals and notify local law enforcement immediately. Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in bad weather can be prosecuted.

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