City of Lexington extends weather plan; issues warning about pets

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The extreme cold has led the city of Lexington to extend the activation of its weather plan. During the winter, the plan is activated any day when the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees.

The weather plan will now remain in effect until January 9. It expands shelter services to help the homeless and provides transportation to those shelters.

If you need a ride to a shelter or know someone who does, you can call or text the Catholic Action Center's Compassionate Caravan between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The number is 859-913-0038.

The city is also reminding people to take care of their pets during the extreme cold. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control responded to 28 calls about pets in the cold this past weekend. They say they seized one dog due to the weather conditions.

"We understand that some owners might feel their family pet is an outdoor pet," said Timothy Brown, Public Information Officer for the LFACC in a news release. "However, there are just some situations that even outdoor pets can't handle. These cold temperatures are unbearable for people, so think about your family pet."

If you can't bring your pet inside, LFACC says you need to provide shelter with enough bedding and access to fresh, unfrozen water. You should also check on your pet frequently.

If you witness an animal being mistreated, you can call 859-255-9033, extension 221. Your call is confidential.

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