KC Pet Project at capacity after taking in pets left in the cold - KCTV5

KC Pet Project at capacity after taking in pets left in the cold

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These dogs were found out in the cold. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV) These dogs were found out in the cold. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The cold temperatures aren’t just dangerous for humans; they’re deadly for pets.

That’s why Animal Control has been taking any animal left outside over the past few days.  They’re also fining the owners who left their pets out in the extreme cold.

As a result, more than 50 animals came into KC Pet Project yesterday and another 16 came in today.

Many of them were smaller dog breeds that would likely die or get very sick in this weather. 

KC Pet Project said they are at capacity and are expecting more dogs to come into the shelter tonight.

They said this freeze is too dangerous to leave any animal outside, even one with a thick coat of fur.

“If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your animals,” Tori Fugate said. “Many can't survive in temperatures as cold as we're seeing. A lot of the animals brought in that were left out in backyards are little animals like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, puppies. We've seen some Huskies and bigger dogs that do have fur and can handle some lower temperatures, but not for a sustained amount of time.”

"If you don't want to incur any of those fines, make sure you bring them in or find them reasonable shelter," she said. "If you don't have those options there are community options available to help keep your animal safe and out of those elements."

Because the shelter is already full, they are starting their new year's adoption specials early.

They said they desperately need to find the animals homes in order to make some room for the ones being brought in from the awful cold.

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