A new law is on the books that is designed to protect animals from being left outdoors without shelter in these extreme weather conditions.
With wind chills in approaching -20 degrees Fahrenheit, it doesn’t take very long for an animal to freeze to death. The new law requires owners to better protect animals, and allows humane officers to take action if adequate shelter isn’t provided.
Jeb Mignano is the chief investigator for the Cleveland Animal Protective League and he spent most of today out answering complaint calls regarding animals being left in the cold.
“We’re getting a lot of cold weather calls for obvious reasons. Wind chill is way below zero today. And this can be deadly weather for pets,” said Mignano.
“We can impound animals if we feel like they don’t have the proper shelter. Or the animals are suffering in some way. We can actually take those animals.
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