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Baby, It's Cold Outside

It's freezing outside, which means it's far too cold for pets to be left outdoors! In fact, AHS recommends that all pets be brought indoors when temperatures hit 45 degrees. So what should you do if you see animals left outside in this weather? Report it: call 3-1-1 immediately and report the situation. You could save a life!

In Texas, it is consider animal cruelty to leave a pet outdoors in cold weather without proper shelter and food and water that is not frozen. Shelter is defined as an area that shields them from the elements on all sides, with room to stand up and turn around in comfortably, but is not so large that it cannot retain heat and must have warm bedding. For multiple pet households, each outdoor pet must have their own outdoor shelter. 

Keep your eyes open and if you see something that makes you uncomfortable, please call 3-1-1 to report it. Together we can save lives and end animal abuse!