Frigid Temps Mean Added Suffering for Outdoor Dogs

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Amy Worden writes the Philly Dawg blog for The Philadelphia Inquirer. With her permission, we are reposting her excellent blog Frigid Temps Mean Added Suffering for Outdoor Dogs.  

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When I woke up this morning the temperature on my iPhone read 3 degrees and the windows rattling in my old farmhouse told me the wind was likely making it feel even colder.

My Jack Russell terrier mix Olivia was curled at my feet on the quilt.

Thousands of dogs in Pennsylvania are not so lucky this morning.

With the exception of a handful of municipalities (including Philadelphia) it is legal to leave your dog outside in extreme temperatures.  He need only be provided with loosely defined as “shelter.” Animal welfare advocates and humane society police officers have gone to court over what constitutes “shelter,” sadly often losing because the law is so vague.

Neither do most licensed kennel…

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Pablo’s Gift

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“What is vegan?”, he asked after a long pause.

He was calling the sanctuary hoping to find a home for the chickens he had been ordered to dump in the woods. The birds were deemed “too old for the pot”, too “stupid” to keep as pets, and too “ugly” to use as yard decoration, so the ranch owner decided to use them as coyote bait instead.

It was not something Pablo wanted to do but he feared that openly refusing to harm the chickens would not only jeopardize his already tenuous job as a handyman at the ranch where he worked in exchange for a room to crash in and a meager pay to live on, but it would also prevent him from finding a way to protect the birds. So he kept putting off the grim task, using every excuse he could think…

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