AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Our first freeze is expected tonight, and Amarillo officials are reminding residents to be mindful of their pets during the freezing weather.
While the cold weather will help rid the area of mosquitoes and other pests, it could be dangerous for your furry friends.
Amarillo officials encourage residents to take these precautions to protect your pets:
- Pets should be brought inside when the temperature drops to help protect them from exposure to harsh weather as pets are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when outdoors.
- If you do leave your pets outside for any amount of time, according to the City of Amarillo, they must have a dry, clean and draft-free shelter large enough to protect them from the elements.
- As your pet's body fights the cold, their energy is depleted. Residents are advised to check and give plenty of water and food for their pets.
Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare is now accepting old newspapers, clean comforters and thick blankets to help keep smaller dogs or dogs with short fur coats warm this season.
If you are interested in donating any of these items, call (806) 378-9032.