Owners urged to bring pets indoors, out of bitter cold
Officials with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control are urging pet owners to take their pets indoors
"Even if you do everything right and in accordance with the law, something terrible could still happen," said Officer Shelby Bailey, "so just err on the side of caution and bring your pets inside."
Even if a pet has proper shelter and bedding outside it still may not be enough to keep it safe in the cold temperatures, Officer Bailey said. She said putting pets in the garage is even better than nothing. Lexington animal control officers say they also may be able to temporarily provide indoor crates for people who need some help to keep their pets inside.
"If you have no other option, please give us a call because we're here to help you and help the animals of Fayette County," Officer Bailey said, "so we'll do everything we can to facilitate bringing your pets inside during this hazardous weather."
Lexington animal control officers say they will be ready, as always, to respond to any calls to check on animals out in the cold. If you see any animals being abused or neglected, they ask you to report it by calling (859) 255-9033.
Some other tips for keeping your pets safe in cold weather, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA:
- Massage petroleum jelly into your pet's paw pads before they go outside to protect them from salt on the sidewalks.
- Wash and dry your pet's feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals when they come in.
- Feed your pet a little bit more during the winter because pets burn more energy to stay warm in the cold.
- Remember the rule of thumb that if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet, too.
See the full list of cold weather pet safety tips here.