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Mon., Nov. 22, 2010, 2:40 p.m.

As cold hits, take extra care of pets

A cat and two dogs play in the fresh snow  in Lofer in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, March 5, 2010. After springlike temperatures the last days, winter has returned to the alpine country. (Kerstin Joensson / Associated Press)
A cat and two dogs play in the fresh snow in Lofer in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, March 5, 2010. After springlike temperatures the last days, winter has returned to the alpine country. (Kerstin Joensson / Associated Press)

SCRAPS - the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service - sent out a reminder today to all pet owners that pets should be brought indoors. There's a blizzard warning in effect overnight and it's already well below freezing outside.
"No pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just as we can," said animal protection officer Nicole Montano. "If we see a lot of snow coming down we would also like to remind pet owners that snow build up can damage fences or allow pets to escape if the snow level is high enough."
In extreme cold even an insulated dog house with bedding may not be warm enough. If your pet is in an insulated kennel make sure it has plenty of dry bedding and that blankets are dry, too.
SCRAPS emergency line is 509-477-2533 (for county residents) and SpokAnimal's number is (509) 534-8133 (for city residents)




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Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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