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Pet owners reminded of frigid temp dangers

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The Hannibal Police Department is reminding pet owners about the dangers of the frigid temperatures for animals.

Frosty weather can be dangerous for pets, particularly smaller dogs or ones with lighter fur.

Keeping animals inside during extreme weather is the best option.

It is not recommended keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your pet inside during cold weather, provide them with a warm, solid shelter protecting them from the wind.

Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water and plenty of food.

Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm.

The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door of the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds.

The Police Departments Community Service Officers will be proactively looking for poor animal conditions during all extreme weather conditions.

If you would like to report an animal outside, please call your local law enforcement.

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