Keep your pets safe in freezing temperatures

With heavy snowfall on the way, PETA offered tips on how to keep your pets safe in harsh winter conditions.

Winter weather can cause deadly frostbite and exposure, as well as dehydration. 

To prevent this, PETA suggests:

-Keeping animals indoors. Freezing temperatures are extra hard on "backyard dogs," who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements and are unable to help, note their location and alert authorities immediately. 

-In cold weather, you can provide birds and other animals with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl, and breaking the surface ice twice a day. When weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings to encourage animals to move on to warmer areas.

PETA also issued a reminder that anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted.

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