“How would you like to be locked in a crate in the freezing, freezing cold and trapped to die?” asks Wendy Reber, director of the Wellsboro Animal Care Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter.
Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened over the weekend. A neighbor was driving down Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township on Sunday when she saw a locked animal crate on the side of the road. She stopped to check it out, fearing what was inside. Then she called Reber.
Reber estimates the small puppy was only about four months old.
“The public is mortified,” she says. It’s unthinkable.”
Now it's up to officials to find out who is responsible for leaving the young pup in a closed cage outdoors in these frigid temperatures. Two women have already come by to help identify the dog, saying they're familiar with what it looks like.
State police are continuing to conduct interviews. They would not comment.
Reber says this death is a prime example of why you should bring pets inside when it's freezing outside.
“If it's uncomfortable for you, it's certainly uncomfortable for your tiny pet. Closer to the ground, pads and paws on ice, on cold surfaces like cement,” says Reber.
That goes for livestock, too. She says give extra bedding to chickens, bring horses and cows into the barn, and make sure they have extra straw and warmth.