Humane Society of Greater Dayton flush with calls of mistreated animals in the cold

Society of Greater Dayton flush with calls of mistreated animals in the cold. (WRGT/WKEF)

DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) -- Cold temperatures have the Humane Society of Greater Dayton working in overdrive. People are calling in, and saying dogs, cats, and livestock are being mistreated. So far, they have received roughly thirty alerts over the past 24 hours.

Heather Concannon is an agent with the Humane Society. FOX45 caught up with her while she was on watch at a property in the Dayton area where the owners are suspected of leaving horses in the cold with little shelter.

“We want to make sure they have food, water, and adequate shelter,” Concannon said, “We're getting a lot of dog complaints, dogs being cold.”

She said bedding should be made of straw as blankets can freeze. The salt on the roadways can burn animal paws if you leave it there. Concannon said there are visible signs you can look for as well to see if your dog is too cold.

“Four feet are down. [They] are not lifting [the] feet up, don't appear painful, don't have frost on the snout,” Concannon said, “You want to keep them out of the elements. You want to wind break.”

In West Carrollton, there was a report of cats being trapped humanely, but being kept for extended periods of time in the frigid weather. They are stuck in the cold with no food, and no water.

“Right now, I'm looking to see if he is baiting traps,” Concannon said.

In these frozen temperatures, Heather is working nonstop.

If you see something, and need to report it, call 911 for animal emergencies. For dog issues, you can reach the Animal Resource Center at 937-898-4457. You can report cruelty issues to the Humane Society online. Just go to (, and click on report cruelty.

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