Toledo humane society cruelty investigator Megan Brown tells The Blade newspaper she doesn’t know how long the dog was outside Thursday, when Toledo’s high temperature was expected to be in the teens (minus 11 to minus 7 degrees Celsius). A second dog was recovered shivering inside the home.
The dogs’ owner says utilities had been shut off but he had been providing for the dogs while living elsewhere. He says he doesn’t know how one dog got outside.
In Columbus, it is illegal to tether a dog outside unattended between the hours of 10pm and 6am, or during periods of extreme weather.
Mirna Bowman, Co-Director of the Columbus Dog Connection said when it is this cold, dogs need access to a heated area and should not be outside for more than 30 minutes.
“A dog house may be somewhat helpful, but it is still too cold. It needs to be completely insulated and the space inside the dog house should not be large it should be small enough that their body can heat it up,” Bowman said.
Forecasters warn of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.