Blizzard Warning Prompts Message From SCRAPS - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Blizzard Warning Prompts Message From SCRAPS

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for tonight's extreme low temperature. SCRAPS is reminding pet owners that their pets should be brought inside.

"With these extreme temperatures even an insulated dog house with bedding may not be warm enough," said SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill. SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers have been responding to numerous calls to check on the conditions of animals and they anticipate even more calls as the temperature plummets.

"No pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just as we can," stated Animal Protection Officer Nicole Montano. "If we see a lot of snow coming down SCRAPS would also like to remind pet owners that snow build up can damage fences or allow pets to escape if the snow level is high enough," she continued.


SCRAPS is also reminding pet owners of other winter dangers to pets which includes antifreeze and de-icer which can be toxic to pets. Other items of winter concern include having access to fresh unfrozen water and being aware that cats are attracted to warmth which includes motor engines. Finally, all pets are vulnerable in this type of weather but the very young and very old pets will need special attention.

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