A dog has been found frozen solid on an Ohio home’s porch as a bitter cold snap grips much of the United States.
Toledo humane society cruelty investigator Megan Brown tells The Blade newspaper she doesn’t know how long the dog was outside Thursday when Toledo’s high temperature was expected to be in the teens (minus 11 to minus 7 degrees Celsius). A second dog was recovered shivering inside the home.
The dogs’ owner says utilities had been shut off but he had been providing for the dogs while living elsewhere. He says he doesn’t know how one dog got outside.
A Boardman veterinarian warned of the dangers of the cold weather to pets.
Dr. Donald Allen said if you see your dog shivering, it’s time to get them back inside.
“They don’t put on a coat and run outside. The normal temperature for a dog or cat is 100 to 103 degrees. They are a little hotter than we are. We are at 98.6 degrees, but if you become hypothermic, it only takes a few degrees below your normal temperature and you feel the effects of hypothermia,” Allen said.