PCAPS gives tips on how to protect outdoor pets from the cold

By WEEK Reporter

PCAPS gives tips on how to protect outdoor pets from the cold

January 22, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) would like to remind pet owners that bitter weather endangers outdoor pets.

PCAPS says that pet owners should ensure their outdoor pet has proper shelter in cold temperatures. Shelter includes a structure with four sides, a roof, floor, and a door covering. The shelter should be small enough to retain the animal’s body heat and just large enough for it to get in and lie comfortably.

A windbreak and wood or cedar shavings inside make the animal more comfortable. Blankets, rugs, or towels do not make for good outdoor bedding because they retain moisture and freeze.

The best thing pet owners can do for an outdoor pet is bring it inside when the temperature dips below 10 degrees. A dog or cat may survive temperatures that low, but it will be extremely uncomfortable.

City, county, and state laws require owners provide proper care for their animals. If a pet is left outdoors without proper shelter and protection from inclement weather, the animal may be impounded and its owner fined $75 to $500 for the infraction.

For more information, contact PCAPS/PAWS at 309-672-2440.