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City Stresses Importance of Bringing Pets Inside from Cold

Staff say like people-cats and dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite and need to be limited when spending time outdoors.

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:00 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The bitter cold is not only hard on people but it's also hard on pets.

Staff at the St. Joseph Animal Shelter are reminding people to make sure their four-legged family members are safe and warm.

Staff say like people-cats and dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite and need to be limited when spending time outdoors.

"City ordinances do state that owners need to have adequate care and control of their animals including making sure that animals have access to appropriate shelter," Jenna Keyes, St. Joseph Animal Shelter Humane Educator said.

Staff say if you can't bring your pets inside put straw inside their outdoor shelter to keep them warm and to make sure they have an adequate supply of both food and water.

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A cool forecast is in store for northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas this week. Fall-like weather will usher into the area Monday with highs mainly in the 60s and no hazardous weather expected through the week. The area could see its first frost Friday morning as the lows drop into the low-to-mid 30s.
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