Animal shelters seeing more calls from concerned neighbors


MARK: WITH THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES – OFFICIALS AT LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS SAY THEY’RE GETTING MORE CALLS ABOUT PETS BEING LEFT IN THE COLD. 2 NEWS REPORTER KRISTEN ESKOW SPOKE WITH LEADERS AT THE MIAMI COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER ABOUT WHAT THEY’VE BEEN SEEING. KRISTEN: OFFICIALS HERE AT THE MIAMI COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER SAY THEY TYPICALLY GET MORE CALLS FROM CONCERNED NEIGHBORS DURING BOTH EXTREMELY HOT AND COLD TEMPERATURES.HERE IN MIAMI COUNTY – THEY’VE RUN MORE CALLS – WHICH HAVE INCLUDED SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES INVOLVING WEATHER.YOU CAN SEE HERE – NO DOGS BEING ALLOWED IN THE OUTDOOR PENS TODAY HERE AT THE SHELTER. OFFICIALS HERE SAY THE SHELTER HAS RESPONDED TO EIGHT CALLS SINCE NEW YEAR’S DAY – FIVE OF THOSE REPORTS WERE DECLARED NEGLECT OR CRUELTY.OFFICIALS SAY THOSE HAVE INCLUDED DOGS BEING LEFT OUTSIDE WITH NO FOOD, WATER AND/OR PROPER SHELTER.THE SHELTER SAYS ALL OF THOSE PET OWNERS BECAME COMPLIANT WITH THE LAW WITHIN 24 HOURS.OFFICIALS SAY IF YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT A PET LEFT OUTSIDE – IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CALL YOUR LOCAL SHELTER – AND BE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.MARCIA DONCASTER – DIRECTOR, MIAMI COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER: “IF YOU KNOW THE DOG HAS BEEN OUT, AND YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS NOT PROPER SHELTER OR FOOD OR WATER, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL. WE WILL DEFINITELY GO OUT AND CHECK IT OUT.”SHELTER OFFICIALS SAY IT’S BEST TO BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE YOUR HOME IN THESE FRIGID TEMPERATURES – OR AT LEAST KEEPING THEM IN YOUR GARAGE.IN TROY – KRISTEN ESKOW, FIVE ON 2.

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