(1) When temperatures plummet, pets should not be left outside. Bring small or short haired pets, and puppies, kittens, and their nursing mothers inside when temperatures reach thirty-two (32) degrees Fahrenheit. Larger breeds and thick-coated dogs may remain outside, with adequate shelter available, to a temperature of ten (10) degrees Fahrenheit, subject to the discretion and judgment of the animal control officer.
(2) Precipitation and wind chill may also be taken into account in determining appropriate temperature to bring pets indoors.
(3) Cats and other small pets should be kept indoors or at least brought into a warm structure during severe weather.
(4) Increase the amount of food by twenty (20) to thirty (30) percent for pets left outside, with adequate shelter, during the winter.
(5) Regular access to clean, unfrozen water is also critical. If food and water can freeze, so can pets.
(6) If any animal is cold to the touch, or their paws and ears are pale, they may be suffering from frostbite. The animal should be moved to a warmer area, and if necessary, be impounded and taken for emergency care.