Friday, December 5, 2008

Saved by being overweight

A collie named Jiffy froze to the sidewalk after his owner left him out in sub-freezing temperatures. It is thought that he survived because he was morbidly obese. Shelter workers say that few dogs could survive in single digit temperatures and that it was his many layers of fat that saved his life.

To get him off of the sidewalk shelter workers used warm water to melt the ice and unstick him.

Jiffy's 59-year-old owner was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of animal neglect, Sheboygan Police Lt. Tim Eirich said. She told police she tried to get the dog inside but couldn't, and instead checked on him every few hours.

So, instead of dragging the dog inside or calling a neighbor to drag the dog inside she allowed the dog to stay outside where he would probably die, that's compounded on the fact that she allowed her dog to become morbidly obese.

It is not known if the dog will face long term effects from the incident.

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