The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region said law enforcement officers have responded to more than 100 calls in the past two days from residents concerned about pets left outdoors.
However, humane society representatives said a majority of those cases were situations in which owners simply let their pets outside for a restroom break.
“While we recommend all pets be kept inside during weather such as this, by law, owners are allowed to have outside pets if the pets are provided adequate shelter, food and water,” representatives said. “Almost all of the cases our officers have seen so far have been situations in which the owners let dogs outside for a short period of time.”
The surge in calls prompted the Humane Society to release a video Thursday night, explaining when concerned residents should notify law enforcement about animals spotted outside in sub-zero temperatures.
While law enforcement officers said they are trying to respond to all the calls they receive, they urge concerned callers to pay attention especially to animals who appear to be extremely wet, lethargic, listless and cold, so that they can respond to more critical situations first.