Officers Check On Pets Left Outside In The Cold

With temperatures expected to drop below zero once again, pet safety is a big concern for a lot of people in Southern Colorado.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is being inundated with calls about pets being left outside in the cold.

Officers tell 11 News that out of dozens and dozens of reports, so far they haven't come across any dogs in serious danger.

11 News got to go along for a couple of their calls Thursday afternoon.

During one of the investigations, officers knocked on the door and no one answered.

Officers then asked the neighbor if they could go into their backyard to look over the fence and check on the dog.

They determined the dog was not in immediate danger. However, they left a notice on the door that the pet owner needed to bring the dog in right away, and that they would be back to check on the animal.

There are some symptoms that these officers are checking for to see if the animal is in trouble.

"You look at the pads of the dogs feet make sure there's no discoloration. You can look at the gums of the dog, make sure their gums are pink. If they're grayish color or even a whitish color, they have potentially been harmed from the cold," said Joseph Langford, an animal law enforcement officer.

Officials tell 11 News if a dog is barking, that actually means the dog is okay. It's when the dog is unresponsive and acting lethargic that something is wrong and the animal needs medical attention right away.

11 News has learned that after 7 p.m., calls about pets left outside are actually routed to police. If there is an emergency situation, then an animal officer will be called in to respond.

The number in El Paso County to report pets left outside is 719-473-1741.

The number in Teller County is 719-687-9652.