Obese Dog Freezes to Sidewalk

Saturday, Dec 6, 2008  |  Updated 11:03 AM CDT
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Obese Dog Freezes to Sidewalk

It's cold outside. Don't forget to take care of the animals.

A border collie weighing more than 120 pounds survived being frozen to a sidewalk because he was insulated by layers of fat.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society says the "morbidly obese" dog froze to the sidewalk when he was left out overnight Wednesday in single-digit temperatures. Shelter manager Carey Payne says few dogs could survive that.

Animal care providers had to use warm water to gently pry Jiffy free from the ice. Locks of his hair are still frozen on the pavement in front of his house.

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

A neighbor reportedly called police after seeing the dog outside for more than 12 hours.

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