Support More Animal Welfare Checks in Minnesota During Cold Weather

Target: Animal Care and Control of Minnesota

Goal: Support Minnesota’s decision to consider increasing animal welfare checks during periods of extreme cold

Unusually cold weather has been a problem across the county, but not more so than in the U.S.’s northern states. High temperatures have been hovering around zero degrees in Minnesota, and many cities there are considering increasing inspections for animal abuse as a result. Cold weather can often be a death sentence for dogs who are forced to sleep outside, and increasing neighborhood checks will save many from nights of suffering. Sign this petition and show that you support this important proposal.

Minnesota statues already mandate that any outdoor pet must have housing and bedding sufficient enough to protect against cold and wet weather. Housing must also be large enough for the floor to be free of moisture and have a windbreak at the entrance throughout the winter months. If any of these requirements aren’t met, it is considered an act of abuse, and the pet will be taken to animal control until the time that the owner has made the appropriate changes.

Last winter the city of St. Cloud alone had 45 reports of animal abuse, neglect, and failure to provide sufficient housing. One of those cases was severe enough to result in a conviction. Matt O’Brien, the city’s animal control officer and environmental health technician, has stated that anyone who suspects animal abuse in their neighborhood should call him immediately with an address and he will do whatever he can to investigate the situation. Other animal control officers throughout the state have made similar statements and hope that they can make sure every outside pet has adequate housing to make it through the unusually cold season.

Please sign the petition below to support Minnesota’s decision to increase the number of animal abuse checks. Their efforts will undoubtedly save the lives of many cats and dogs throughout the state and hopefully influence other state’s enduring inclement cold this winter.


Dear Animal Care and Control of Minnesota,

As the result of the unusually cold weather this winter season, animal control offices throughout the state have decided to increase the number of animal abuse inspections. This kind of dedication to the well-being of pets in your state is truly incredible and should be present in the rest of the country. Thank you so much for making sure that the animals in Minnesota are safe and warm.

I hope that Minnesota’s extended effort serves as an influence for other parts of the country currently enduring inclement cold weather. Pets outside are often left to fend for themselves, and it is wonderful to know that you are concerned about their safety.


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  1. If you don’t want a pet in your home as part of the family, them don’t adopt it. Why leave any living being outside as a victim of exposure?

  2. Wherever the weather is brutal,animals do have a hard time staying warm,especially short hairs,it dosent take a rocket scientist to know that,e even a 4 year old child knows that

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