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Deep Freeze Pet Safety: Bring Pets Inside

CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- As cold digs into the tri-state, SPCA Cincinnati reminds you to take care of yourself and your pets.

"Common sense says bring them inside.  That's the best thing people can do."

Harold Dates with SPCA Cincinnati says if it's a must to keep your pet outside, give them plenty of protection.

"This is a solid dog house.  It's got a non-porous roof, its got shelter on all of the sides, its got a flap on the front."

SPCA Cincinnati says caring for your pets is more than just giving them shelter an additional food.  It's also about making sure your pet can get to what they need.

"Frozen water is no good for a dog.  They need water everyday just like we do.  Frozen is no good to them."

When SPCA Cincinnati receives call about a pet possibly being neglected in the cold, the call is taken in a room. Then information is sent to dispatch where an investigation begins, and an SPCA officer is sent into the field to check on the welfare of the animal.

"Ohio revised code says protection for the animal.  If the animal is suffering, we'll seize the animal."

Dates says it's up to pet owners to make sure their pets are safe from wind and dangerous cold.

"We can put coats on, hats on, gloves on, insulated boots on.  Dogs don't have that choice.  Bring them in."

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