Washington Area Humane Society shocked by number of dogs being left outside in freezing cold

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WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Washington Area Humane Society is shocked that people are leaving their pets outside in the freezing cold.

“Mostly dogs are being kept outside nonstop -- 24 hours and 7 days a week,” said office manager Jennifer Nestor.

The officer Channel 11 reporter Cara Sapida followed around Tuesday said a record has been set for the number of phone calls the shelter has gotten about cold animals.  This month, the shelter has received more than 150 calls.

The worst call came two weeks ago.  An officer said it went to a home in Cecil Township and found a dog chained up outside with ice on it.  The case is going to court.

The shelter said if you see an animal stuck in the cold, pick up the phone, and an officer will go and check on it.

In cold weather, it’s best to keep your dog inside, officials said.  If your animal absolutely has to be in the cold, it needs a shelter with hay or some other form of insulation.

Sapida was in Fayette County on Monday to follow an animal shelter worker.  Read the story below.