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Too Cold to Leave Pets Outdoors

UPPER ARLINGTON (Tara Morgan) -- Your pets should be in a safe and warm place when the temperature dips this low.

The Capital Area Humane Society has had an increase in complaints about dogs being left outdoors.

Executive Director Rachel Finney says indoors is always best, but a garage or dog igloo protects your pet from the wind.

A blanket will only get wet and cold.

Finney says agents have passed out quite a bit of straw this winter.

"Straw will really insulate body warmth for that pet," said Finney.

If you take your pet outside for walks, look for signs of stress, fatigue and frostbite.

"Consistent lifting of the paws discomfort standing for periods of time," said Finney.

If you do see a dog left outdoors, call the Capital Area Humane Society cruelty investigators at 614-777-7387 extension 250.
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