Take precautions to keep your pet safe during days of extreme cold 

Temperatures are expected to reach dangerously cold levels in the next week.  The National Weather Service has forecast subzero temperatures beginning Sunday.  Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is urging pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals.  Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and alive:

•    Keep your pet inside and out of direct exposure to the elements.

•    Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.  Water freezes very quickly when sitting outside. 

•    Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. 

If you see an animal outside without shelter or in an unattended car, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control immediately -- in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000).  If you believe the situation to be life-threatening and the animal is non-responsive, please call 911.

Published Jan 18, 2013