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Dog Gone Cold Out


Baby, it is cold outside and extreme cold is still extreme cold even if you have a built in coat.

Due to the extremely cold temperatures expected tonight through Monday, February 16, Montgomery County Animal Services Division (ASD) Interim Director Donald Johnson is announcing enforcement of Executive Regulation 10-10AM, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs. A portion of the regulation states: “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.”

The regulation is enforced during periods of high heat and humidity, and during conditions of extreme cold, wind, and heavy snow, which can all be damaging to dogs and other animals. The penalty for violation is a $500 fine.

Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers remind residents to be particularly careful with all pets during this period of cold weather. The best advice is to bring pets indoors. Even animals that are accustomed to living outdoors can be susceptible to the dangers of cold weather. Livestock should have a place to get out of the wind; dry bedding should be provided to protect them from frostbite.

ASD Officers will be on-call, patrolling neighborhoods and responding to any animal-related emergencies. Anyone who sees an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000

All dogs spending a period of time outdoors must have access to water and shelter, to properly protect themselves from the elements. The best advice during periods of extreme weather conditions is to bring pets indoors, according to Montgomery County Police.

MCPD offers the following tips from veterinarians for cold weather care for dogs:

• Provide a heated bed and shelter for dogs which cannot come indoors.

• Avoid letting your dog eat snow – keep fresh room temperature water available at all times.

• Keep food and water in a place where it will not freeze – preferably inside.

• A dog’s ears and tail are susceptible to frostbite; check them after a dog has been outside for a long period of time.

• A dog licking the salt off the bottom of his paws can make him sick, so wipe his paws after he walks through a salted area.

Photograph Blizzard, the Pup in Antarctic - 1911-1914 by Frank Hurley.