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Pet safety in cold temperatures

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There are some common sense steps to take to ensure your pet is safe when it’s very cold outside. There are also a few things to do if a dogis left out in the cold and want to get it some help.

First, never leave your dog in the car. Just like during the summer, a dog can be in serious danger if left in the car in cold temperatures. Second, check their paws for snow and ice as they come in from the outside.  Limping and exhaustion can be signs of frostbite on the feet.  Also, wait to give your pet a bath. Washing removes oils that protect your pet’s skin.  Finally, make them wear protective outerwear.  It is a misconception that just because dogs and cats are wearing a fur coat, they are warm. Booties are recommended. 

It’s against the law to keep your pet outdoors in Indy if the temperature falls below 20 degrees or if a wind chill advisory has been issued.  Outdoor dogs must also be able to access water and can’t be chained or tethered outside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.  They also must have some sort of shelter. Anyone who violates the law can expect to be ticketed and pay a fine of up to $200.

 If concerned about a pet, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or for after-hour emergencies, can call 317-327-3811.

You can also report the problem on the Request Indy website or app. Or if worse comes to worst, call animal control directly. 

Also, News 8’s Nina Criscuolo looked at road conditions and preparing for the winter weather. 

As far as the roads, she was in the area of Kessler Boulevard near Bishop Chatard High School, where it looked as if the roads had been cleared and treated. However, on Crittenden Avenue, it was a totally different story, snow covered.

She also discussed recognizing the signs of both frostbite and hypothermia.

For more, click on the video.