PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania SPCA says they receive five to 10 cats and dogs each week that have been left out in the frigid temperatures and need food and medical attention.

In a cage at the Erie Avenue shelter, is Blue, an extremely emaciated dog working hard to get his strength back. Angela Messer is the SPCA’s director of operations.

“He is a King Corso that came in just a few days ago, after being left out in the cold, Messer said. “One of our humane law enforcement officers got a call on our anti-cruelty hotline and went out and found this dog left out in the backyard without food, shelter or water.”

Messer says Blue will make it. He’s on a diet now of just chicken and rice, but he’s on the mend. She says unfortunately staff at the SPCA see this all too often. To report animals left out in the cold you can call 1-800-601-SPCA.

Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio

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