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Animal Control offers safety tips for outdoor pets

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

In these bitterly cold temperatures, Animal Control is reminding owners to make sure their pets remain safe if they need to be outside.

"Make sure your dog has a doghouse," Scott Lowry of Animal Control said. "Make sure that it's not too large for the dog because the dog needs to be able to retain its body heat in the doghouse. Elevate the doghouse off the ground if you can to keep the floor dry."

Lowry said covering up the doghouse entry with a piece of tarp and insulating the inside with a blanket or straw are good ideas. He also recommends heated water bowls.

But he said the best thing is to keep pets inside, especially smaller dogs and cats.

"They become susceptible to the cold more quickly than a large dog," Lowry said.

Steve Beal of Animal Control said they've received about a half dozen calls Monday about neglected pets, but he said they did not turn out to be anything serious.

He said most people have been doing a great job keeping their pets protected from the cold.

"Bottom line is get the animal out of harm's way and make sure they're not being exposed to something that's going to cause a health problem for the animal," Beal said.

If you see a stray pet that isn't fairing well in the cold, you can always drop it off to the Humane Society, or call Animal Control.

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