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Published December 12, 2009, 02:33 PM

Keeping pets safe during freezing temperatures

(WDAZ TV) - With the cold now hitting, many of us worry about our cars, homes, or our children. But there are other things to be concerned about as well; like our pets. Reporter David Schwab has our story.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

(WDAZ TV) - With the cold now hitting, many of us worry about our cars, homes, or our children. But there are other things to be concerned about as well; like our pets. Reporter David Schwab has our story.

The dogs and cats at the Circle of Friends Humane Society may not have a permanent home, but they will be warm tonight as the temperature outside sink into the double digits below zero. Some animals staying outside will not be as lucky.

“Small dogs and old dogs obviously should always be in the house.”

Arlette Moen from the Grand Forks Humane society says there is a easy rule to determining what is too cold for your pet. And that is if it’s too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for your pet.

“There are those dogs that prefer the cold weather. Hardy breeds, but they also as I said need to be protected from the wind and wet.

Moen says they have already had some calls concerned about pets that are outside with out that shelter, food or water.

“We don't have the authority to investigate the situations or remove those animals all we do is divert them where they need to go. That is usually local law enforcement.”

Moen says the number of pets that are given up by their owners can increase this time of year. Mostly because some animals may have had a liter in the fall and now its too cold for them to be outside.

“We take in all strays that come into the door and try to accept those animals surrendered by those owners when we have the space available.”

And that could be kind of tough right now since the shelter is at capacity.

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