This is repost from January 4, 2015. It still stands true today.
Those of us with Furry Family Members want to do the right thing in cold weather. Below there are suggestions from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s press release. They remind us that it just isn’t the right thing to do, it is the law.
Tucson: As temperatures drop protect pets by providing adequate shelter – it’s the law
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) reminds pet owners to take precautions as the weather turns colder. The law requires that animals have proper natural or artificial shelter, and, as always, access to food and water. Take the following steps to keep your pet safe:
All pets should be brought indoors when the temperature drops to 40 degrees or below.
Make sure companion animals have a warm place to sleep, away from drafts and off the floor or ground. Outdoor dogs should have a doghouse that is protected from the wind and contains plenty of blankets, bedding or a dog bed inside.
Sometimes cats choose to sleep under the hoods of cars where it is warmer. Before starting the engine, bang loudly on the hood of the car, and wait a few seconds before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.
Dress short-haired dogs in a warm coat or sweater.
Never leave dogs or cats alone in a car during cold weather.
Dogs sensitive to the cold because of age, illness or breed type should be taken outdoors only long enough to relieve themselves. Puppies do not tolerate the cold. Consider potty training inside.
Keep antifreeze out of reach. Even in very tiny doses it can lethal for dogs and cats. Call your veterinarian if you suspect your animal has been poisoned
Never shave a dog down to the skin in winter. A longer coat provides more warmth.
Signs of hypothermia include:
Weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness.
Providing pets with proper shelter (including shelter from extreme temperatures) is required by both state and local ordinances. Owners who fail to provide shelter can face animal cruelty charges. Additional information is available on the ACT (Animal Cruelty Taskforce) website.
For more information on these and other animal care issues, call 327-6088, or visit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona at 3450 North Kelvin Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, or visit the HSSA website.