Keeping your pets safe in the cold weather

Created: 01/07/2014 6:07 PM WHEC.com

One of the big concerns when it comes to low temperatures is keeping pets safe. Experts say when it is this cold out, you shouldn't leave pets outside.

News10NBC checked with officials at Rochester Animal Services Tuesday. They're often called for animals left outside or abandoned. News10NBC asked them what they've been seeing the past few days compared to a normal January.

Tom Shannon, Rochester Animal Services, said, “This time of year, we're noticing we're receiving a lot of calls checking on animals that are left outside. Right now, our call volume is a little up. We're currently responding to seven calls for service right now regarding check the welfares."

Shannon recommends making sure your animals are inside and safe. If you're taking your dog out for a bathroom trip, make it as quick as possible since the animals' paw pads and ears are especially sensitive in this weather. If you see an animal outside without proper shelter, call 911.


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