TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Cruelty investigators are pursuing charges against a homeowner after they found a dog frozen-to-death on a porch in the 1000 block of King Street.
According to Stephen Heaven, President/CEO of the Toledo Area Humane Society, officers found the female dog curled up outside the home, frozen and dead.
"It looks as if she had been attempting to get under a blanket or the blanket had blown off," Heaven said.
Investigators say there was also a kennel, but the dog did not have access to it.
The Humane Society's cruelty division has launched an investigation. Officers are still trying to figure out what the dog was left outside and who will be held responsible.
"It's a very needless death," Heaven told 13abc. "Once we make contact with the owner, we'll probably be filing cruelty charges with them."
Investigators also found another dog inside the home, malnourished and shivering. The humane society took the animal to its shelter where he is doing well.
The case, however, is a reminder of how dangerous extreme cold can be for pets.
"The dangers of cold weather to people's pets are similar to the dangers to people that are outside for a long time," Dr. Sarah Anderson, associate veterinarian, MedVet Toledo, said.
She says, while some dogs can handle the winter temps better than others, in extreme conditions, cats and dogs should limit time outside.
"As a general rule in cold weather, it's advised that shorter is better," Dr. Anderson said. "This sort of cold weather should be avoided at all costs."