June 12, 2021

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‘Just don’t leave them out,’ Animal control busy saving pets left in bitter cold temperatures

Animal control officers with the Nebraska Humane Society have been busy answering calls of pets left in the cold and patrolling neighborhoods looking for animals left outside.Since Jan. 1, officers have responded to 133 calls.”It is something that eats away at me at night knowing there are pets outside,” said Kelli Brown with animal control.Officers rescued a 6-month-old kitten caught in a chain-link fence.”They found this poor kitty with its head stuck in a chain-link fence, on top stuck sitting in the snow,” she said. “Imagine how cold he was.”Someone found the freezing feline and called animal control.”They were able to cut the chain-link fence around the kitty and transported the cat to VCA medical clinic, where they could do more in-depth cutting that we weren’t able to do in the field and risk hurting him,” Brown said.Volunteers at the Nebraska Humane Society named the kitten, Rasputin and he will be up for adoption soon.Brown advises pet owners to keep their cats from roaming and don’t leave dogs outside unattended or tied up.”Placing that dog outside on a chain is equivalent to somebody standing outside in a t-shirt,” she said. “It doesn’t provide any warmth.”She said animals can also get frostbite as humans do.”We see some dogs just tap dancing in the snow because it hurts so much to keep their feet down in the snow.”Omaha’s ordinance does allow owners to keep their pets outside, but they have to provide adequate shelter. Brown said straw and heat lamps work best. She said make sure the heat lamp is not too close to the straw and shelter.She said heated water bowls are best since water in the dish can freeze.An owner could receive a ticket, which has a mandatory appearance before a judge, $500 fine and/or six months in jail.

Animal control officers with the Nebraska Humane Society have been busy answering calls of pets left in the cold and patrolling neighborhoods looking for animals left outside.

Since Jan. 1, officers have responded to 133 calls.

“It is something that eats away at me at night knowing there are pets outside,” said Kelli Brown with animal control.

Officers rescued a 6-month-old kitten caught in a chain-link fence.

Cat rescued from cold

“They found this poor kitty with its head stuck in a chain-link fence, on top stuck sitting in the snow,” she said. “Imagine how cold he was.”

Someone found the freezing feline and called animal control.

“They were able to cut the chain-link fence around the kitty and transported the cat to VCA medical clinic, where they could do more in-depth cutting that we weren’t able to do in the field and risk hurting him,” Brown said.

Volunteers at the Nebraska Humane Society named the kitten, Rasputin and he will be up for adoption soon.

Brown advises pet owners to keep their cats from roaming and don’t leave dogs outside unattended or tied up.

“Placing that dog outside on a chain is equivalent to somebody standing outside in a t-shirt,” she said. “It doesn’t provide any warmth.”

She said animals can also get frostbite as humans do.

“We see some dogs just tap dancing in the snow because it hurts so much to keep their feet down in the snow.”

Omaha’s ordinance does allow owners to keep their pets outside, but they have to provide adequate shelter. Brown said straw and heat lamps work best. She said make sure the heat lamp is not too close to the straw and shelter.

She said heated water bowls are best since water in the dish can freeze.

An owner could receive a ticket, which has a mandatory appearance before a judge, $500 fine and/or six months in jail.