With winter weather here it’s important to keep your animals safe

When it’s colder outside, it’s important to drip your faucets, crank up the heat and grab some blankets, but one of the most important things to remember is how to take care of your four-legged friends. Keeping your pets inside as long as possible is important during freezing temperatures.

“I think a lot of people may think oh it’s a dog, it will do fine in the cold weather, and that there’s so many different things they may or may not know about,” said Kim Schlittler, executive director of Best Friens of Pets. 

To help bring awareness to this issue, Oklahoma City passed an emergency ordinance that requires dog owners to protect their pets when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Owners should not leave animals outside for more than 30 minutes…No matter what type of dog. If the rules are not followed…It can cost up to a 500 dollar fine.

“At the end of the day, we will write very few citations. Unless someone absolutely refuses to work with us to try to do what they can do to protect their pet, they are probably not going to get a citation,” said Jon Gary, superintendent of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare. 

 The goal of the ordinance is not to ticket offenders, but to educate people and their pets.

 “In most instances, the animal’s life was in jeopardy before we could do anything, so we wanted to get something in place where we could help these animals before their life was in jeopardy,” said Gary

Animal welfare calls increase dramatically during periods of colder weather. To avoid fines and endangering your animals, find a warm space for them, and if they are outside make sure their water is not frozen.

If you see a situation that could danger an animal call your local animal welfare number.

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