Report Unsafe Pet Conditions
Dec 10th, 2009
When the temperature gets this cold in the 20's and teens, animals shouldn't be left outside for more than 15-20 minutes.
But if they are outside for longer, they need food, water, and shelter. A crate or carrier ISN'T adequate shelter. You need a strong, sturdy dog house. DON'T use blankets or beds because they get wet and freeze. Straw makes for a good insulator. Also check often that their water remains unfrozen.
Pets need to eat more during the winter months to keep their body warmth. If an animal is curled in a ball, shivering or whining, the pet needs to be taken inside immediately. Also watch for frostbite on their noses and paws.
If you see a pet that's potentially unsafe, please call your local animal control or humane society offices.
South Bend Animal Control (574) 235-9303
Humane Society of St. Joseph County (574) 255-4726
Berrien County Animal Control Shelter (269) 471-7531
Elkhart County Humane Society (574) 848-4225
LaPorte County Animal Shelter (219) 326-1637
Michiana Humane Society and SPCA (219) 872-4499
***Thanks to Alana Greenfogel at WNDU for this information***