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Humane agents respond to hundreds of animal welfare calls during cold snap

Humane Agents with Columbus Humane say as the subzero temperatures continue, dispatchers are receiving hundreds of calls from community members about animals left in the cold.
Humane agents with Columbus Humane say as the sub-zero temperatures continue, dispatchers are receiving hundreds of calls from community members about animals left in the cold.


Columbus Humane Agent Kerry Minion said calls from people concerned about animals left outside without shelter continue as the temperatures fall.


"We received over 200 reports of animals being left outside in the last 24 hours," Minion said. "It's absolutely brutal outside and we are experiencing more brutal cold."


Two officers with Columbus police were even spotted completing a rescue effort. 10TV was there as an underweight and malnourished dog was brought in by officers.


The male collie mix received a thorough exam, vaccines and a warm bed and food.


Agents also began to work through the list of complaints by visiting homes of animal complaints. In many cases, pet owners were asked to bring the pet inside and were issued a notice educating them on the city code.


"The best thing that could happen is owners take initiative and bring their animals inside," Minion said.