Keeping your pets safe in frigid temperatures

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BURTON (WJRT) - (12/27/17) - If it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet.

That is advice from the Humane Society of Genesee County. This recent cold snap is keeping their cruelty investigator busy.

"We see a lot more cruelty complaints because animals are outside and they don't have a shelter or things like that," said Mari Brooks who works in community relations.

Brooks doesn't want to see any pets outside during this time, but if your pet has to stay outside there are some things you can do.

"Just make sure they have a dog house and straw and fresh water. They do sell things that will warm the water bowls so that it won't freeze," said Brooks.

It is also not a bad idea to tap the hood of your vehicle or honk your horn before you start it up to make sure you do not have a cat underneath there trying to stay warm.

"Also with their paws, if there's salt outside make sure you completely wipe those off also because that salt can be very toxic to the animals. When they do come back in make sure they're completely dry, check their ears, their tail, their noses, their paw pads for sure because those are the places that are more vulnerable for frostbite," said Brooks.

Coming up on January 15, the Humane Society is having a Raise the Woof event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are accepting monetary and wood donations so they can build dog houses.

The cruelty investigator will give out the dog houses on calls to different homes.

Check out the related links section of this article for more information.

During the month of December, the Humane Society of Genesee County is having a great holiday season with 169 adoptions and counting.

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