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Freezing temperatures threaten pets

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The anguished yelps of a neighbor's dog left out in the cold force one Kansas City man to take control of the dog in an effort to get it help. The anguished yelps of a neighbor's dog left out in the cold force one Kansas City man to take control of the dog in an effort to get it help.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

We all know just how bitterly cold it is, and we all need to take precautions against the arctic weather - that includes taking care of our pets.

One Kansas City man said a neighbor of his wasn't doing that, so he took the law into his own hands.

"He was out on the porch and I couldn't get anyone, and, of course, it was minus-7 degrees out there," Slawick Pech said.

Pech was talking about a dog named Cosmo, whose anguished yelps forced Pech into action.

Cosmo was outside on the porch of a neighbor's house near East 33rd and Charlotte streets, shivering in the cold, ice cycles forming on his mouth. 

Pech found Cosmo on the porch Sunday night and asked his neighbor to bring him in, which he did, but only temporarily.

Animal control was called, but no one showed up. So, Pech said he took the dog to a nearby police station where he was told there was nothing officers could do.

"Basically, I just started driving around with the dog and calling shelters," Peach said.

Cosmo is at the Kansas City Pet Project with several other animals who have been turned in. Most were left out in the cold.

"A lot of the pets that come in as strays. We don't know how long they've been out. If they've been out in the elements for days or just a few hours," said Toni Fugate with the KC Pet Project.

In the past six days, nearly 90 pets have been dropped off with the KC Pet Project, and that number will likely rise as the temperature drops.

Fugate calls that unacceptable.

Still, by law, you're not supposed to take custody of an animal. You're asked to call animal control and wait for an officer to respond, something Pech said he just couldn't do.

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