As Arctic weather impacts the Central New York region, Wanderers' Rest Humane Association reminds everyone that pets need appropriate shelter in frigid temperatures and they can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia when the thermometer dips so low.
"Each year during the coldest winter months here at Wanderers' Rest, we always take in some cats and dogs who have suffered frostbite on their paws, ears or tails," said Sue Bartella, animal services manager. "It's important that people understand that just because their pets are wearing a natural fur coat, doesn't mean they can withstand severe cold and wind."
The state Agriculture and Markets Law requires that if a dog spends any time outdoors, shelter must be provided to protect the dog from inclement weather. The law specifies that any such dog shelter must have a waterproof roof, be appropriately insulated and allow the pet adequate freedom of movement. Fines can be imposed on owners who don't comply with the state Dog Shelter Law and animals can even be seized from the owner.
While there are no laws requiring adequate shelter for felines, Bartella notes that they are very sensitive to extreme temperatures and need suitable shelter.
For more information, call Wanderers' Rest at 697-2796 or visit wanderers-rest.com.