Humane Society Sees Rise In Welfare Checks Due To Frigid Weather

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Frigid temperatures can be even harder on animals than they are on us.

Humane agents say complaint calls have been flooding their dispatch center.  When agents arrived to The Capital Area Humane Society on Saturday morning, there were 28 voicemails from overnight.

The calls were concerning the welfare of animals being left out in the cold for extended periods of time. Agents tell 10TV that is not illegal, but if the animals aren't provided with proper shelter, food and water - the agents will do welfare checks.

"Blankets tend to get wet and freeze, so straw really helps to keep the dog warm," said humane agent Alexis Schwartz.

Schwartz says dozens of bails of straw were donated to the Capital Area Humane Society to distribute to residences.

With the frigid temperatures expected through Tuesday, agents say they want to see all dogs inside.

If the owners prefer to leave them outside, they need proper food, water and shelter.

"It is heartbreaking, we want to see dogs as loving pets - not protectors and not outside animals. They're meant to be in a home with a family," said Schwartz.

Agents encourage citizens to call (614) 777-7387 if they have a concern about the welfare of animals left outdoors.