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Cold Weather Puts Pets In Danger

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- This severe cold weather is not only hard on us, it's hard on our pets. 

In this cold weather, staff at Ingham County Animal Control say, not only have they been flooded with calls, they've had more than 30 animals come through the doors.

"A lot of concerned citizens did bring in some stray animals, so that was very nice of them. They're here in the shelter now and they're warm, so that's definitely a plus," said Ashley Hayes, the volunteer & special events liaison at Ingham County Animal Control. 

The shelter got so many calls, they extended hours and brought in more staff. This cold weather freezes paws fast, quickly bites through slick coats and puts pets in harm's way. 

"You can generally tell by how long you would stay out there, you wouldn't want your dog out any longer than that. If you're getting cold, your dog is getting cold," Hayes said.

On top of the cold, shelter staff say snow piles help dogs jump over fences. They recommend you dig them a trench and remember to keep an eye out. 

"Obviously we like everybody to bring their animals in, but, if they are outside, please make sure that they have plenty of straw and a dog house that doesn't face into the wind, so the wind is not getting in there," Hayes said. 

For those who need help getting a dog house, straw or food for their pet, the Ingham County Animal Shelter can help.

If you see an animal you're worried about, contact the shelter's dispatch at (517)-676-8370 or 517-676-8376 for the cruelty tip line.
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