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Jiffy the border collie mix is safe and warm and temporarily residing at a Wisconsin humane society after spending last Wednesday night frozen to the sidewalk outside his home.

The dog, 11-years-old and 70 pounds overweight, was let outside by his owner. Neighbors say she tried to get him up from the sidewalk but couldn’t, TV station WTOL reported. So she left him there.

After a concerned neighbor called police the next morning, shelter workers arrived and poured warm water over Jiffy’s back end to unstick him from the sidewalk, said Carey Payne of the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

Jiffy’s 59-year-old owner was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of animal neglect, Sheboygan Police Lt. Tim Eirich said. The woman, who was not identified by name, told police she checked on him every few hours.

The dog’s extra weight might have kept him alive, officials at the humane society said. The dog weighs 116 pounds–70 pounds more than he should.

“I think the extra layer of fat he has kept him insulated,” Payne said. The organization has received about a half dozen calls from people who want to adopt him.

Comments

Comment from MG
Time December 8, 2008 at 11:54 am

[quote]The woman, who was not identified by name, told police she checked on him every few hours.[/quote]

Good to hear.
I think the punishment should fit the crime.
Put her outside till she`s frozen to the ground and then have someone check on her every few hours.

If she survives maybe someone will adopt her but I doubt it.

Comment from Marie
Time December 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Is anyone left who does nice things for animals? There has to be, right? Sam Simon, he still does nice stuff, right? There must be a few people left who are still nice to animals. I am ready for some cheery animal news.

Oh- the punishment should fit the crime. Let her freeze outside, naked. I wonder what her actual punishment will be ? A $250 fine?

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time December 8, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I’m assuming that a 59-year-old woman who lets a dog (especially a dog with a sweet face like Jiffy’s) freeze outside is deficient. Lack of brains? Lack of heart? Surely a lack of empathy.

Imagine this woman is your messed-up neighbor. What do you do? You can talk to her about how cold it is and offer to help her take her dog inside. If the woman is unapproachable, you can call 911 or Animal Control or perhaps an animal rescue group in the area. (In this case, a neighbor’s call did alert authorities, but only after the cold night.) I think there are instances where a little involvement from a bystander can prevent a worse situation, whether the situation involves a child under threat of abuse, a battered spouse, or an animal. We have legislation to protect the vulnerable; we just need to be brave enough to offer help or get help when a person or a creature is in need.

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