Denver residents turned to social media to rescue a dog that had been left in the cold and snow in record low temperatures Wednesday.
“What can we do? Called 311 & animal control, owners aren’t home 5°F #cowx #viral #help,” Lawrence tweeted.
Concerned people immediately began retweeting the photo.
Lawrence gave 7NEWS the dog’s address, who then passed it on to Denver police, who claimed animal control was aware of the situation and that the dog had a shelter available outside.
Another Twitter user, Romina Herrera, challenged that claim with a picture of the dog’s doghouse, which is upside down.
Denver police later tweeted that animal control had spoken to the dog’s owner and that the dog had been brought inside by 9 a.m.
A conviction of animal neglect in the city of Denver carries a penalty of a $999 fine and up to a year in jail.