It's important to remember that pets need protection in the winter just like people do. And on a day like today, you don't even want to think about exposing them to the elements for longer than absolutely necessary.  Here are some simple tips for keeping your furry friends safe.

Why it's dangerous to leave a pet exposed to the cold:

Dogs and cats feel the effects of winter weather as much as we do, only they are often cast outside to weather the cold or a storm owing to a misconception that the fur on their backs will insulate them from suffering. Without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased. (HumaneSociety.org)

In some cases, leaving your dog or cat outside in freezing cold temps can be considered animal cruelty, and is considered a misdemeanor in all 50 states.

Here's what you can do if you witness this in your neighborhood:

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