Keeping Your Pets Safe from Winter's Cold - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/03

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Winter's Cold

Tuesday night's cold temperatures could prove deadly for your pets and it's your responsibility to keep them safe and warm. "Unfortunately, if people don't take care of their animals tonight, more than likely we'll be picking up quite a few dead animals tomorrow that have frozen to death throughout the night," says Laura Forsythe with the Lubbock Animal Shelter.

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That's something Laura Forsythe of Lubbock Animal Services hopes to avoid by getting the word out on how to care for your pets in cold weather. "If they're going to be left outside for any reason, they definitely need shelter from the wind.. The wind is more devastating than the actual temperature is."

Another heat source is also recommended as long as you're careful not to create a fire hazard and you need to make sure your pet's water is not frozen and they're fed properly. "They need extra food this time of year to help build body fat," says Forsythe.

Even if your pets are cared for, animal control officers urge you to keep an eye out for neglected pets. It's Chris Crosby's job respond to neglect and abuse calls. Today, she's making sure this dog gets proper shelter before cold temps become unbearable. "It doesn't matter, winter, summer, weather conditions are hard on your animals and people need to be aware," says Crosby.

Lubbock animal services will gladly take any neglected pets in. In fact they say adoption rates have been pretty good and it's better they end up here where they have a chance, than freezing or starving to death. "They can freeze. It'd be just like sticking you outside with no jacket, no shelter. They don't get thought about," says Crosby.

Keep your dog alive with a shelter that blocks the wind and make sure the water bowl isn't frozen. Provide warmth any way possible. And please, if you can't care for your pet or want to report a pet that's being neglected call Lubbock Animal Services at (806) 775-2057. And if you want to adopt a pet please call the city animal shelter.

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