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Animal control officers keep pets safe in cold weather

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The winter months keep Post Falls Police Department Animal Control officers busier than normal. The winter months keep Post Falls Police Department Animal Control officers busier than normal.
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The winter months keep Post Falls Police Department Animal Control officers busier than normal. They say they see an increase in calls from concerned neighbors about animals being left outside in the cold. Animal Control Officer Christine Weeks says these calls increase when it's incredibly cold and hot.

"It's never as straight forward as people think it is," says Weeks.

Weeks tells KHQ that calls about animal neglect vary case by case. Some dogs are more well insulated to the cold weather, like Huskies. Officers handle a case differently for a dog like a Husky than they would for a Labrador.

"We look at all of the different circumstances," says Weeks. "We look at how long the dog has been outside, what kind of dog it is, if the owners are home, and if there is shelter."

Despite how many calls the department gets and whether or not many of them are substantial, Weeks says some owners need to constantly check on their dog when they are outside.

"Dogs can get frostbite just like you or me," says Weeks. "It doesn't matter what kind of dog it is."

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