Frigid Weather a Hazard for Dogs and Cats

December 9, 2009
Deseret News

Temperatures along the Wasatch Front are plunging well below freezing, and the Humane Society of Utah wants to remind the public of the dangers to animals in such frigid weather.

"Warm-blooded mammals can't survive without adequate protection in the kind of cold weather we're going to be having," said Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah. "If you can't actually keep your animals in the house with the rest of your family or in a basement or garage, then please at least see that they have snug, insulated shelter away from the wind and elevated off the ground."

Farm animals need proper shelter, too, Baierschmidt said.

"Bring horses into the barn," he said. "It's only the reasonable thing to do."

The Humane Society also reminds people to take the following cold-weather precautions with their pets:

For more information on cold-weather pet care, call the Humane Society at 801-261-2919.