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Yellowknife residents concerned about husky living outside in freezing van

The Winter in the Northwest Territories is unforgiving as temperatures plummet past minus 30, which have some residents of Yellowknife deeply concerned about a Huskey left outside chained to a van.

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The YK residents, who wish to be left unnamed, sent Moose News photos of a dog left outside chained to a van with the door left open which provides minimal protection from the colder temperatures the residents say.

“We need to help this poor thing,” one resident said.

The residents say that City Bylaw did stop by and apparently the dog owner changed the side of the van that the poor husky was in and opened another door of the vehicle so the dog couldn’t be as visible.

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“Someone needs to be held accountable for the poor dog,” a concerned resident said. “Sometimes social shaming is terrible but other times it’s a necessity. It’s too cold to be leaving a dog outside like this right now.”

One dog owner in Yellowknife says he has three dogs two are huskies that are outside while he is at work.

“However, they’re in a secure dog run with two insulated dog houses and have hay as well,” the owner said. “Huskies can handle more cold than a smaller breed, however, only if they’re in good health and have a proper means to stay warm.”

“This is totally unacceptable for the poor puppy,” the dog owner added.

“Who the f*** leaves their vehicle open overnight for the dog to live in,” a resident said. “If you can’t look after the dog give it to someone who will look after it properly or hand it over to the SPCA. The owners of this dog have two other dogs that are in the house.”

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Moose News contacted the City of Yellowknife to see what is being done for the “poor dog”, they didn’t return our message by press time.

Update to follow.

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Correction: Moose News has removed the owner’s address from a resident’s quote for respect for the family involved.

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