ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) — A regional Humane Society’s Law Enforcement Division is reminding pet owners to be aware of the safety of their pets as temperatures are expected to plummet to dangerously cold levels over the holiday weekend.
Dogs cannot be left outdoors for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is 30 degrees or lower.
The Erie Humane Society said pets, like people, are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, and should be kept indoors.
Young and elderly pets are particularly vulnerable to weather associated health risks.
However, if you aren’t able to keep your pet(s) inside during the cold weather, the Humane Society said owners should provide them with warm, solid shelter against wind.
Additionally, owners should make sure the floor of the shelter is off the ground, and that the bedding is thick and dry.