Dog Warden: Bring your pets inside this winter, or be cited

Pet owners face citations if they leave their dogs outside in the cold

Animal advocates in Youngstown, Ohio want tougher laws for animals kept outside.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office is warning people to bring their pets inside as the wind chill is expected to dip below 0 degrees. 

The dog warden says that’s too cold for animals to be left chained outside. Animals should be brought inside or into a protected area, such as a garage or basement.

“Dogs are susceptible to the cold, just as we are. They can get hypothermia. They can get frostbite. The can have all of the same issues,” said Mahoning County Dog Warden Dianne Fry.

Fry said pet owners should use straw, heated pads and bowls and kennels if their pets are outside.

“We’ve been trying to educate people the last couple of years on this, and now it becomes critical,” Fry said.

If they find a pet chained outside illegally, agents will issue citations.

Animal Charity Humane Society will also be called to any home without proper shelter, food and water for the pet.


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