Despite weather, dog pound operations go on as usual

LISBON — Obviously, snow and bitter cold makes no nevermind to some enterprises, where operations have to go on as usual, and the county dog pound is no exception. Deputy dog warden Amy L. Dowd said that, regardless of road conditions, more than 40 dogs had to be exercised, given their daily constitutional, fed and watered Sunday morning. “We are there 365 days a year, regardless of weather or holiday. We’re always full, between the owner surrenders, strays, abandoned and neglected dogs we get weekly,” Dowd said.

She took the opportunity to remind pet owners they need to be especially mindful of bringing them in during these wintry days.

“If people have their companion animals out living in these frigid temperatures with single digits and low wind chills, it’s unthinkable, and many animals will be lucky to survive it. It’s rare you see an outside set up that actually keeps the animal ‘warm’ and comfortable in this extreme weather, protecting them from the wind, rain and snow,” Dowd cautioned.

She said that, without adequate wind protection and heated water buckets, “I can’t see the animals honestly not suffering. Truly, I can’t imagine forcing an animal to endure it. If you can’t stand it in full winter gear, they can’t, either.”