Perhaps you haven't noticed yet, but it is absurdly and abnormally cold in Michigan right now. Local meteorologists are predicting
we'll continue to see temperatures dip below zero, with wind chills in the negative double digits, in the coming days.
It's been so cold for so long that we might even break a record
for the most consecutive days of temperatures below 20 degrees.
In conditions such as these, frostbite can develop on within 30 minutes, according to the National Weather Service
, which has been issuing wind chill advisories throughout this seemingly never-ending cold snap.
So, this should go without saying, but don't leave your dog (or your cat for that matter) outside for long periods of time while we are experiencing these icy temps.
At least two dogs
are thought to have frozen to death in Detroit since temperatures began dipping dangerously low, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have issued a message asking people to keep their pets indoors during these particularly cold days. They're also asking locals to alert authorities immediately if they notice animals left outside for long periods of time without adequate shelter.
According to PETA, the following is stipulations are required for shelter to be considered adequate during weather such as we are experiencing.
Between November 1 and March 31 and whenever the real or effective temperature is 45 degrees or lower, the following must be provided:
Protected Entrance — The entryway must be protected by a self-closing door, an offset door, or a flexible flap (a slit car floor mat or other heavy piece of plastic).
Bedding — Dry bedding such as straw (available at feed stores) must be provided in order to insulate against the cold and damp. Do not use blankets, which will freeze when they get wet.
Location — The shelter should be placed where it
will have the best protection from the wind and
PETA also warns that leaving your pets out during severe weather can result in fines or even jail time.