There has been a heightened concern over pet neglect as the weather has reached below-freezing temperatures in the past few days. The extreme weather poses health risks to animals, from slipping and falling to hypothermia.
If outside, a shelter that protects the pet from cold and snow must be provided, as stated by the Ohio Revised Code Section 959.131 Paragraph (c) Point 2. An SPCA Cincinnati Humane Agent may “seize” a companion animal if an owner fails to provide this shelter (something determined by a qualified Humane Agent).
The highest penalty for conviction of an Animal Cruelty violation, a First Degree Misdemeanor, is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
SPCA encourages people to review this website for “Cold Weather Pet Safety” and to call 513-541-6100 if they witness a pet in trouble.