The tragic deaths of several animals across the country during the recent cold snap serve as a chilling reminder to always bring animals inside when temperatures plummet.

During the past week alone, an animal control officer in Syracuse, N.Y., reported finding a dead cat who appeared to have frozen to death mid-stride; a chained dog froze to death in Longview, Texas; and five newborn puppies died after being tossed in a ditch in Albuquerque.

A cat abandoned after hours outside a shelter in Kansas City was found with icicles dripping from her nose, and a dog who had been left outside during a snowstorm in Nebraska last month was rescued after a witness saw icicles dripping from his face.

Dogs and cats are not immune to the cold any more than a person would be if he or she were to sit outside all day. Many dogs, including short-haired breeds, young or elderly dogs and small dogs are even less able to handle the cold than humans are.

Animals need our help in order to survive. If you see an animal being denied adequate food, water, or shelter, please alert authorities right away. Your intervention could save a life.

ALISE MULLINS

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, VA 23510