Pet owners reminded to keep animals safe from the cold

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — With the dangerous cold being forecasted in central Indiana, Indianapolis Animal Care Services has a reminder for pet owners.

It is against a city-county ordinance to leave animals outside when the temperatures are at or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also against the ordinance to leave your pet outside if a wind chill advisory has been issued for Indianapolis.

You could face fines up to $200.

If you are concerned about the safety of an animal in your neighborhood, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622. For after-hour emergencies, please call 317-327-3811.

Here are a few tips from IACS to keep your pets safe and warm:

  • The best place for your pet is inside, but if kept outdoors your pet must have access to dry shelter. A structure with space to move around will help shield your animal from the cold winter air.
  • Keep your pet warm and safe by using straw in outdoor shelters, not blankets and towels. Blankets and towels draw moisture and don’t provide as much insulation and warmth as straw.
  • Your pets are just as susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite as you are. Bring them inside as often as you can, and when nature calls, accompany them when they venture outdoors.
  • Make sure you keep water available outside and check the dish every few hours to make sure the water hasn’t frozen over. Consider investing in a heated water dish to avoid the hassle of a frozen water bowl.