STORM EMMA has claimed its first victim.
The current bout of windy, snowy weather has left many people fearing for the next few days, however, there are some creatures among us that need extra TLC as they aren't able to fend for themselves.
Cats, dogs and other animals are often forgotten when there's bad weather out and the 'Beast from the East' that many are describing is no different.
The winds are sweeping in thick and fast from the east – and this will bring as much as 8 inches of snow.
The Portuguese met service @ipma_pt named #StormEmma yesterday, set to bring heavy rain and gales across Spain and Portugal. As the storm bumps into the cold air across the UK, there is the risk of blizzards and freezing rain pic.twitter.com/EUgLEkkIXN
— Met Office (@metoffice) 27 February 2018
One poor pooch who has already suffered the bad weather is being remembered by Cara Rescue Dogs.
Posting in a Facebook status, the charity warned dog owners of leaving their pets outside: "The "beast from the east" has claimed it's first victim.
Sadly we were informed this morning by somebody that their neighbour found their dog dead this morning sitting outside the back door. Despite the fact they had a small wooden dog box which they felt was sufficient to keep the poor dog warm outside."
The post outlined how important it is for people to keep their pets inside with any kind of bad weather predicted: "Unfortunately these small dog box's are only good to shelter from rain or wind (If even).
The unfortunate owner is not a bad person they simply thought it was ok. They had planned on bringing the dog in when the snow arrived. But sadly the freezing temperature last night claimed the dogs life .
We can't save this dog now, But we can try prevent it from happening to Your dog or cat.
PLEASE BRING THEM INSIDE OVERNIGHT."