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Pets Need Extra Care During Cold Temperatures

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - We've heard some tragic stories this winter of pets suffering because owners didn't take proper care of them. 

The good news is that there are some things owners can do to keep pets warm and safe.

Animals shouldn't be outside in cold weather, like Michigan has had this winter. That's what Julia Palmer at the Capital Area Humane Society says.

Palmer says she's just seen too much this winter.

"We've seen more cases of animal death due to cold weather than any other year that I've been here, and that's been 15 years," said Palmer, Capital Area Humane Society President.

Palmer can't say it enough, you need to be checking on outside pets very regularly and really, she says, you should bring them inside when it gets this cold.

"It's our responsibility as owners to take care of these pets. They can't do it themselves."

Puppies and older dogs require more attention because their bodies are more fragile, but really, no animals should be left out in the cold temperatures.

"We're not letting our animals here in the shelter out for more than 2 or 3 minutes right now," said Palmer.

Thick coat, thin coat, big or little, Palmer says their bodies just can't handle wind chills this low.

"Their needs are even higher in terms of food nutritional needs when it's really cold outside."

Palmer says that doesn't mean dogs won't want to play outside, owners just have to keep an eye on them, to keep them safe.

If possible, Palmer says owners should bring pets inside for the winter. Otherwise, she says make sure pets have extra food and water and put straw in their outdoor homes to help maintain body heat. Be sure to check on them regularly.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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