Keep pets away from dangerous cold

MERRIAM, Kan. – The bitterly cold temperatures could be dangerous, if not fatal, for pets left outdoors.

Rae Lindsey and the team at the Pet Resource of Kansas City have already been busy going through neighborhoods where they see pets outside, put up door hangers, and offer to help. She’s seen frozen water bowls and frozen paws.

“We see a lot of frostbite that’s so extremely painful for pets,” Lindsey said.

But she doesn’t want to see the worst of results when she goes out later this week.

“We’re doing the preventive work by going out and educating pet owners and providing resources so we don’t have to call these pets Thursday through Sunday.”

KC Pet Project’s Animal Services Division issued a warning Monday that animals exposed to winter conditions could be immediately confiscated and prosecuted for animal cruelty. But with temperatures expected to drop below zero and wind chills well below, Lindsey warns that even what would normally pass as adequate protection may not be enough.

“When temperatures are as low as possible, it is deadly for pets outdoors and harmful to their health. Even with proper shelter, with straw, with all the necessary protection, these temperatures will be so bad that pets should not be outside and are likely to survive.”

For this reason, organizations that care for pets on both sides of the state line urge owners not to leave their pets outside for more than a minute or two whenever possible.

“We encourage them to bring them inside, we give them a crate, we give them some other supplies so they can make themselves as comfortable as our dogs when they bring them inside,” Tracy Lewandowski, Great Plains SPCA Director of Operations said.

The KC Pet Project already gave 78 families a supply gift last weekend. PRCKC will have their mobile delivery truck driving around with supplies. But if you need an indoor crate to keep your dog indoors this week, you can pick one up at the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas
from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Keep pets away from dangerous cold

Sarah Y. Kim

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