A photo taken by a driver in Colorado during the heavy snowstorm last week is dividing opinion on the internet. The picture shows a dog covered in snow in the back of a moving pickup truck.
Veterinarian Dr. Missy Tasky says it can be dangerous for dogs to be outside in cold weather with no cover and no way to move around to stay warm. The weather at the time was 16ºF with a wind chill around 0ºF.
“That’s just a recipe for disaster,” she said. “It’s just not an ideal situation for that guy.”
However, on the flip side, a number of comments on social media have focused on the breed of the dog, which appears to be a malamute.
“That breed of dog can withstand extreme temperatures, extreme cold better than the average dog,” said one.
With regards to the moving vehicle, Colorado State Patrol says it’s perfectly legal for a dog to be in the back of a pickup truck, even with the tailgate open.
What do you think? Animal cruelty, or ok for that breed of dog?