Shelter workers, police impounding animals left out in the cold

buy now Update from the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter Tuesday night, 10 p.m.:

“Staff just arrived at the shelter with hopefully the last impound of the night. We were out in full force today and tonight enforcing county ordinance and impounding animals left outside in these extreme temperatures. All county offices will be closed tomorrow and Thursday but as always, staff will be in to care for the shelter animals. If you have an emergency with an animal in need located in the county the next 2 days, please utilize the non-emergency number at the 911 center, 219-362-6205. An officer will be dispatched.

Please, people, heed the warnings. We have not experienced these extreme temperatures in our lifetime! Bring your pets inside so we do not have to!

buy now From LaPorte Police Chief Tom Owens Tuesday night:

“Remember not to leave your animals out in this weather. Doesn’t matter if it is an ‘outside’ dog or not. Bring them in. They are your responsibility, not ours. If we find out your dog is left outside unattended, WE WILL TAKE YOUR DOG AND FILE CHARGES AGAINST YOU!”

15 Responses to “Shelter workers, police impounding animals left out in the cold”

  1. Mari

    Jan 30. 2019

    Thank you for all you do each and everyday. You make such a difference in our community. It’s hard to believe that some people don’t have enough sense to realize that when it gets below 8 degrees is just to cold to be left out weather man or animal. Please people take care of your animals and watch out for animals that are out in these extreme temperatures and in need of warmth and shelter.
    Thanks again and hats off the Animal Shelter employee’s and all the Officers involved. Your jobs are never done!!!
    Please keep up all the good work. And stay warm……………

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  2. Bob

    Jan 30. 2019

    Well said, Tom.

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  3. Jeff

    Jan 30. 2019

    Some outside dogs do not like to be inside and it’s harder on them to be inside. You better go fine the farmers for leaving their cows and horses out. This is getting to be to much like communism. Mr. Owens go arrest some drug dealers.

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    • Susan

      Jan 31. 2019

      Jeff, the temperatures are record setting lows. Could you stay out in this weather all day and all night unprotected? I don’t think so.

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    • H Bradley

      Jan 31. 2019

      Gee Jeff why don’t you go stand outside.

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    • Beaker

      Feb 02. 2019

      Ya know Jeff (since it seems to be ‘slap Jeff around’ day), some drug dealers have outside dogs to alert them of trespassers. ie: da cops. So, two birds with one stone maybe?

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  4. John & Jan Weiss

    Jan 30. 2019

    Good to read this. The charges cannot be harsh enough, in our opinion. And that goes for extreme summer heat, too.
    Sad to read that any of you had to be out in the elements, doing another’s job.
    Thanks so much for being there for our four legged friends.

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  5. Susan L Boyd

    Jan 30. 2019

    It is great that there are people who care more about people’ pets than the owners.
    It is inexcusable to leave ANY animal unprotected outside in this weather. Maybe the owners should be chained to a tree outside with no clothes, water or food. Let’s see how long they last.
    DON’T GET AN ANIMAL IF YOU CAN’T TREAT IT LIKE FAMILY.

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  6. Cynthia Baker

    Jan 30. 2019

    A big thank you to the La Porte County Animal Shelter and the police dept for looking out for our 4 legged friends.Your work is greatly appreciated.

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  7. Bob

    Jan 31. 2019

    It’s communism to look out for the well-being of pets, Jeff? I think Tom Owens would be hard pressed to find a cow within city limits, don’t you? That whole “go arrest a drug dealer” line is overplayed, think up some new material.

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  8. DeeDee Redman

    Jan 31. 2019

    Thank you for all you do, and for this article.
    Sadly, the people that need to read it the most , don’t
    I thought about this and how to reach everyone with this message. What about if a flyer was made and put in every Mailbox with the mail?
    The part where it says ‘owners will be fined ‘ should be at the top to get pet owners attention.
    Thoughts???

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  9. lawman

    Jan 31. 2019

    jeff my boy-lighten up a bit. yes some pets like it outside and that’s fine if they have a shelter. I think people here are referring to animals with no place to go. I have outside cats and in the winter they have a hut with a heat lamp and they do fine. its interesting that with all the trend in this country towards socialism you compare this to communism. I suggest you do some serious reading. thanks to all shelter workers and Chief Owens.

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  10. Trina Evans

    Jan 31. 2019

    Thank you to all at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. You all do an amazing job! You are the best!
    God bless you all.

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  11. kathy kehoe

    Jan 31. 2019

    Jeff you are wrong,, yes some dogs do like outside, but not in this extreme cold,, know the difference…great job for everyone out there saving the lives of these dogs!!!

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