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Animal cruelty cases are surging in freezing Texas

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On a normal day, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gets 25-30 calls reporting animal cruelty. But since winter storms have pummeled Texas with power and water outages, that number has spiked to around 150 per day, the Houston SPCA told CNN.

(CNN)On a normal day, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gets 25-30 calls reporting animal cruelty.

"The neglect is already there," Julie Kuenstle, Houston SPCA vice president of communications, said.

Ten Houston SPCA investigators, with the help of local law enforcement, have been preparing for the consequences of the freeze since before temperatures fell, announcing last Saturday they'd keep a watchful eye on outdoor pets.

Dogs are being found abandoned and freezing

On Monday, the Houston SPCA investigation team responded to a report of six dogs left outside an auto body shop.

The five living dogs were taken to the Houston SPCA campus where they were immediately seen by a veterinary team, the organization said.

The area where the dogs were found registered at 18 degrees.

"These are the devastating consequences that can happen if you leave your pet outside," Kuenstle said.

On Wednesday, the investigative team responded to reports of a senior dog abandoned outside for several days.

The water in the dog's bowl was entirely frozen, and the blankets inside his dog house were soaked, a news release said.

now is when our work is really going to start," Kuenstle said.

"We rely on the community's eyes and ears to report animal cruelty and help us save lives," Kuenstle said.

Once temperatures rise and more community members are outside, she said she expects even more cruelty cases to be reported.

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