Wind Chills Are Well Below Zero Out There. Bring Your Damn Dogs Inside


Bring your dogs inside. Your cats, too. If you leave your pets outside in this weather, either you are ignorant to the point of being dangerous or you are a total monster.

Sure, plenty of those big polar bear-type dogs (Great Pyrenees, for example) usually love the winter. But this is not just average winter weather. This is violently cold weather.

The Midwest hasn’t seen cold this extreme in two decades, which means your pet has never known cold this extreme in its entire life. Even if your dog happens to want to stay outside because he doesn’t know that he will freeze to death, you must drag him back indoors.

You are your dog's caretaker; it is your sacred duty to do what is best for him. In theory, your dog is dumb and you are smart, so you make decisions to keep it safe. Wind chills this low can cause frostbite in mere minutes, with hypothermia and death also on the table.

Exposure to temperatures this low will cause your animal to die, but he will also suffer first. If you let him outside, watch over him and get him back inside quickly. If it’s too cold for you out there, it’s too cold for him.

And if you see someone not treating their animal well and leaving it outside in these extreme conditions, call the cops. That is animal cruelty and will likely soon be a federal felony.

You can also call your local humane society or animal control directly (and anonymously) and they will do their best to make sure the animal gets shelter and care.

Local animal rescue agency 4 Paws 4 Rescue recently posted phone numbers to all of the agencies in the area. Use them and be a hero to a furry friend.

Email the author at
  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.