Dog found chained outside suffering in the deadly polar vortex; owner charged
On Tuesday afternoon, a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota man was cited for animal cruelty after his dog was found chained outside in the bitter cold.
The dog owner had left his pet on a short chain in temperatures that dropped to 9 degrees below zero.
At around 3 p.m., Dang Xiong’s dog was found chained up outside in extreme weather. The canine was shivering on the short chain outside according to police officers.
Please, for the love of God, bring your pets inside when its cold. How is this happening?! So disgraceful. These people don't deserve pets. People are letting these animals die outside in the freezing cold. #PolarVortexhttps://t.co/BLNNewhYAv— Christina Carilla (@ChristinaCFox10) January 31, 2019
The authorities also found vomit nearby and very little food and water inside the dog’s exposed shelter. Xiong, 29, was cited with a misdemeanor offense according to the Brooklyn Center Attorney.
Officers seized the dog and cited its owner with inhumanely, unnecessarily, cruelly beating, injuring or abusing an animal. His fine could be a penalty of up to $1,000 in the state of Minnesota.
The canine was taken to the Pets Under Police Scrutiny (PUPS) center in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The animal impound facility caters for several towns in the area.
Xiong had left the dog outside during the dangerous polar vortex which has the US in its grip with temperatures that have reached below zero. Since Tuesday, the vortex has killed at least 13 people.
Minneapolis’ mercury has plunged to as low as -24F. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) urged animal owners to bring them indoors in cold weather conditions.
Some people don't need to be pet owners.. lack of common sense...smh— fabchz (@fabchz) January 31, 2019
Their website warned:
"Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed."
Chain them up outside and see how they like it— Charly (@chuck_F_1990) January 30, 2019
On their Facebook page, PUPS wrote:
“If it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for them. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Please bring them inside!”
The police have reiterated the plea to keep pets indoors during this extreme weather.
Councillor @MPfisterer14 and Councillor @ZachAdamson have reminded residents that the law requires pet owners to bring animals inside during cold weather, and have issued a plea that all residents look out for the safety of animals during dangerously cold weather— Indianapolis City-County Council (@IndyCouncil) January 29, 2019
On the same day, Indianapolis police reported that a man had left his dog outside to die as temperatures dropped to 11 degrees below zero. The 62-year-old allegedly threw the pit bulls body in a dumpster.
Kristen Lee of the Indianapolis Animal Care Services said, "It’s heartbreaking. I have a knot in my stomach talking about it right now.”
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