With an overnight low this Saturday projected to be under 10 degrees, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that their pets should be kept inside during freezing temperatures.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it is a misconception that dogs and cats are resistant to cold weather because of their fur. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.  For more information on how to protect your pet against the cold, please click here.

If you spot a pet in distress, please call 911. Together, we can keep our furry friends safe this winter.