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  • Freezing temps dangerous for animals not used to the cold

    Jan 02, 2019 | Read More News
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    Picture of dogPIMA COUNTY –With temperatures expected to be in the low 20s for the next several nights, Pima Animal Care Center officials are encouraging pet owners to bring pets inside or provide adequate shelter. 

    “If you’re cold, your pet is cold,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Pets in Tucson are acclimated to warmer temperatures which means below-freezing night temperatures can be deadly for pets left outside with no shelter.”

    To protect pets from the cold, PACC’s Animal Protection Services will make neglect calls a higher priority while the freezing overnight temperatures persist. Community members who see a pet without appropriate shelter should report it to PACC’s animal protection dispatch at (520) 724-5900, extension 4. Officers will do their best to address these calls in a timely manner. 

    PACC is also offering tips for pet owners to help them protect their pets from the cold. 
    • Bring pets indoors for the night.
    • For outdoor-only pets, make sure there is adequate shelter which not only provides overhead cover, but also protects from drafts and keep pets off the ground. Blankets and straw can both provide relief from the cold ground. 
    • Put sweaters or coats on pets when they’re outside in cold weather. Pets in Tucson are not used to freezing cold temperatures so pet clothing can help keep them warm while out on a walk. 
    • License and microchip pets. If your pet becomes lost in dangerously cold weather, you’ll want to get it back as quickly as possible. Check your tags and microchip to make sure the information is up-to-date or visit PACC to get or renew your dog license. 
    The easiest way to protect your pets during this cold snap is to keep them at home, indoors.