Severe weather conditions are expected to last through the weekend. Pets that are left outdoors without sufficient shelter can be in mortal danger quickly. Oklahoma law calls for animals to have adequate food, water and shelter. In current weather conditions, animals should be brought indoors or must have access to shelter in which they can remain warm, dry and completely out of wind. Short haired dogs, elderly animals or ones which are underweight or otherwise in poor health can be in the greatest danger. Do not leave senior pets or short-haired dogs outdoors unattended. Water bowls left outside will freeze. Pets should be offered water indoors or in areas in which a bowl cannot freeze. If pets are indoors in a carrier, do not leave the carrier too close to a heat source or fireplace. Make sure that bedding is safe and also is not near a heat source.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll