Keeping pets safe in cold weather

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — At the Connecticut Humane Society, they see neglected animals left out in the cold. Most owners forget or don’t understand the extreme dangers of the subfreezing temperatures and don’t provide enough shelter or warmth for their pet.

Alicia Wright says a blanket in a doghouse or crate is not enough. It can get wet and freeze and do more harm than good.

“Unless your pet knows how to move itself up in a blanket, that is not going to be quite as effective. You need to stuff a crate full of straw so your pet can borrow into the straw and that will help insulate them.”

Animal Control Officer Tanya Frazier says a dog is just like a person, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for the animal.

“Especially dogs that have short hair like he does, there is nothing there just a little bit of hair and then skin and even with the ground being as cold as it is it doesn’t number on their paws.”

Frazier zips up a coat on Montana the Pit Bull. His owners surrendered him to the police department three weeks ago; they just couldn’t take care of him anymore. Other owners leave their pets out in the dangerous conditions.

“We had a case last week where it was a husky that was left outside and you just can’t do it.”

She says the type of pet also matters. A Siberian Husky can sit out in the snow much longer than a Chihuahua.

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