Last night we were kept awake till four am by a dog out the back - one of the houses backing onto ours - that was howling and barking constantly. This morning it started up again. It's not the noise that bothers me but the fact that it is bloody freezing out there and it is cruel to leave a dog outside. I talked to my next door neighbour earlier and she said she was concerned about it too. If it's out there again tonight I am gonna contact the RSPCA. I don't like to make waves but this is just wrong, in sub zero temperatures.
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I would be very concerned too. The RSPCA recommends a heated kennel with enough room to stand, stretch and move around. The minimum temperature should be no less than 10°C. If this is a new dog, it might not be used to staying outside at night, and with temperatures around zero, it would appear to be very cruel, both physically and mentally.
This Australian website says that 4°C is potentially life-threatening.
At around 12 – 15 degrees most pets will probably be quite safe. At 10 degrees, you need to keep an eye on them as it can be potentially unsafe depending on their age, general health, and breed. Seven degrees indicates that there is certainly potential danger, and at four degrees the temperature is potentially life-threatening. link
Sorry, I was unclear. My thinking was, it's unlikely an RSPCA office would be open at the time of night when it became an issue. But an emergency vet would be available and be able to give you advice (as to what to do or who to contact). It may be you could do nothing until the morning but the vet would be able to tell you that.