Winter is officially here. While most of us can just pop indoors and get toasty, it’s impossible for dogs who are forced to live outdoors to get warm. Every winter, many dogs suffer from frostbite and even freeze to death.

This pic may look like something you’d see in a sad movie, but it shows a real dog who was found frozen to death on a New Jersey street.

WARNING: Graphic PhotoWe are reposting this tragic post so that people do not ignore a dog chained up in freezing…

Posted by Shore Animal Control on Monday, January 4, 2016

Since he had no identification, animal control officers could only speculate as to what happened to him. It’s likely that in an attempt to seek warmth, the desperate pup broke free from a chain, as many dogs who are left alone in backyards do. He probably died all alone, terrified and miserable.

No animal should EVER die in this way! Dogs are pack animals. They need companionship and deserve to be treated as members of the family. It might be hard to believe that anyone could really leave an animal outdoors in all weather extremes, but many people treat dogs like yard ornaments or cheap burglar alarms.

Cold chained dog in the snow during straw delivery in January 2013.

What You Can Do

While we can’t bring back the dog who suffered and died in New Jersey, we can all do our best to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Here’s how:

  • Keep an eye out for dogs who are chained or penned outdoors in your area. In a lawful manner, make sure that they have shelter and water that isn’t frozen, and politely urge their owners to let them stay indoors. If it’s very cold outside and you see a dog who is being denied enough food, water, or shelter, call animal control or the police immediately. If authorities are unresponsive and the situation is an emergency, contact PETA.
  • Take roaming animals inside until you can find their guardians or get them to an animal shelter. If strays won’t let you come near them, provide them with food and water and call animal control or your local humane society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors. Seriously, you could be their only hope.

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