UPDATED: Overweight Dog Frozen To Sidewalk

A Wisconsin woman has been charged after her nearly 120-pound dog froze to a sidewalk.

The dog survived being frozen to a sidewalk overnight, probably because he was insulated by layers of fat, authorities said.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society says the "morbidly obese" dog, an aging border collie mix named Jiffy, froze to the sidewalk when he was left out overnight. Shelter manager Carey Payne says few dogs could survive the single-digit temperatures, and it was probably the fat that made the difference.

Jiffy's 59-year-old owner was arrested last week 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.

The dog is 11 or 12 years old, Eirich said. Shelter workers poured warm water over Jiffy's back end to unstick him from the sidewalk, Payne said, and it was too soon to say whether he suffered any long-term effects.



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A nearly 120-pound dog is alive after being frozen to a sidewalk overnight in Wisconsin.

Authorities say the dog probably survived because he was insulated by layers of fat.

Jiffy, an 11-year-old border collie, is safe and warm now and temporarily shacking up at the local Humane Society.

Police say Jiffy got stuck to the ground after his owner let him outside. Jiffy is 60 pounds overweight and couldn't get up.

The District Attorney has the case and is deciding whether to file charges.

The Humane Society says they've gotten more than a half dozen calls from people who want to adopt Jiffy.


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