Warnings have been given across Canada about the danger of leaving pets outside in freezing temperatures, however in St. Louis, Missouri officials have taken things a step further.
The city will be sending search teams to help homeless people left out in the cold as well as cats and dogs outside in frigid temperatures. Pets left out will be confiscated by authorities, and the owners charged with cruelty.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced the city’s intention in view of the temperatures, which are expected to drop to minus 20 celsius in the city.
On board is Randy Grim, of Stray Rescue who says his organization will mobilize to help dogs that are left in the cold. He urged residents to bring their animals indoors.
"They will die," Grim warned.
The police chief will add extra officers in the effort to look for people and animals caught in freezing weather.
Resource: St. Louis Post-Dispatch