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The Bitter Cold Can Mean Life or Death to Some


The bitterly cold temperatures can mean life or death for the homeless. Still, some will choose to stay out in the cold. One homeless man we talked to in Bend says he's seen people freeze to death on the streets and he's urging the homeless to swallow their pride and come in out of the cold.  He's very happy to be at the Bethlehem Inn tonight: “Unless you’ve been there, it’s really hard to describe. The coldest you can be, So cold you can’t unbutton your clothing or you can’t tie your shoes. Just bone-chilling cold.” "Mike" says he is homeless by choice and has been on the streets for several years. He came to Bend about five months ago and helps at the shelters and does other odd jobs to pay for necessities. Besides the homeless, the single digit temperatures are brutal for our pets too.  The Humane Society of Central Oregon says pets should be kept inside. Dogs and cats can get frostbite on their ears, nose and feet if left outside. If you have to keep your dog or cat outside they say you should make sure their bedding is dry, their water bowl isn't frozen, and that they have even more food than usual.


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