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Cloquet PD Reminding About Pets and Cold Weather After Several Complaints

Taylor Holt
Updated: January 31, 2019 06:06 PM

Several complaints of pets being left out in this frigid cold these past couple of days has Cloquet police officers reminding the community about the dangers. 

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"We get a few calls in the cold weather of animals outside and officers will respond and look to see if the animal has shelter," said Cloquet Patrol Commander Carey Ferrell. "We just ask the owners to bring them inside for the night. The few calls we have had the owners have been responsible."

Ferrell says this year is a typical one for the calls coming in. With the extreme cold temperatures and wind, Ferrell says they make sure the pets they encounter have three main things - adequete warmth, shelter and food and water.

"Even if it's in a garage that gets them in and out of that wind," Ferrell said. "If you have an old blanket or a towel that you can put out for them to lay on, that helps too."

This past week, Ferrell also says they've been handling calls for strays too. Over Northshore Veterinary Hospital, Vet Tech Susie Scott says thankfully they haven't had to treat many pets this season.

"A lot of our owners that come here have been really good about putting dog booties on their pets, and putting jackets on," said Scott

Scott says the risk is still there though, and the main things to watch for is frostbite on the ears especially, as well as cracked foot pads and signs of hypothermia.

"It can happen just as quickly as a toddler. They are just like kids," said Scott.

Mike Miernicki gave a few tips he uses for his pup.

"Protect the feet, and put a coat on," said Miernicki. "Make sure you have help if a person is having trouble or they don't understand the responsibilities they have with a pet. They should also make sure they have roommates, or they have neighbors, or they have people who will help them out."

Other tips include making sure your pet is hydrated and it's also recommeneded to put petrolum jelly on your dogs paws before they go out as a protectant. 

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