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Cold weather: Pet owners reminded to be vigilant

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 17:36:55-05

With bitter cold temperatures in the forecast, experts warn pet owners to make sure their animals are kept warm.

The Nebraska Humane Society issued a reminder with the following tips:

Dog houses should be solid wood structures with a flap on the opening.  Plastic kennels
do not keep the cold air out.

The flap to the dog house should face away from the wind

Straw or hay provides warmth in doghouses.  Do not use blankets as they become wet
and moldy when the weather warms up

Water bowls freeze during cold weather.  Heated water bowls are a necessity in below
freezing temperatures.

They say an animal control officer will respond if report animal suffering in the cold weather by calling 402-444-7800, Ext. 1.