It’s been pretty chilly lately, even in some surprising corners of the world like Florida, where excellently mild climates have made way for a cold spell so extreme that frozen iguanas are falling from the trees.
In Connecticut, United States, things have grown so bad that a woman has been arrested after a young male pit bull chained outside her home was found ‘frozen solid’, according to the Hartford Courant.
A report submitted to police by vet Dr. Stephanie Henry, police brought the dog to her clinic on Monday evening and it was ‘frozen solid’. The poor dog was also malnourished.
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“He was underweight for his body size with low body fat and low muscle density,” the report reads.
The dog’s bones were also evident through the skin and he had apparently been laying in feces.
The 50-year-old woman, named Michelle Bennett, was charged by warrant with one count of animal cruelty, and was held in lieu of $2,500 (£1,800) bail.
Unfortunately, the incident is not an isolated one. The Washington Post reports that a dog was found frozen to death on a front porch in Toledo, Ohio, and three other frozen dogs were discovered over a two-day period in Franklin County, also Ohio.
In Michigan, Detroit Dog Rescue said a Pomeranian mix left outside its office was found dead the next day. The group did, however, manage to rescue another dog that was found trembling in a barrel outdoors, though not before its paw pads and penis got struck by frostbite.
Dogs and iguanas aren’t the only ones suffering, either. The temperature in the Gulf of Mexico has dropped so intensely that sea turtles have been cold-stunned, which has meant they’ve floated to the surface where predators can see them. According to the Caller Times, The National Park Service had to rescue 41 live, but freezing, turtles by midday on Tuesday.
On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, meanwhile, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has reported that three thresher sharks have been stranded, with two having probably suffered a ‘cold shock’ and the third simply frozen solid.
The Calgary Zoo in Canada also announced on Sunday that it was moving its king penguins inside because of cold temperatures, which means even those used to freezing temperatures can’t handle the chill.
Look after the animals, they can’t just don an extra jumper and whack up the thermostat like we can.