Animal Control urges Detroit residents to keep pets inside amid frigid temperatures

Cooler temperatures in Michigan are prompting Detroit Animal Control to remind pet owners to bring their pets if possible.


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Oh Wind chill advisory A wind chill of 15-20 degrees below zero is expected for all of Southeast Michigan from 7 PM Tuesday through noon Wednesday. According to the US National Weather Service, anyone exposed to extremely cold temperatures for more than 30 minutes can get frostbite, so precautions should be taken, and that includes our pets.

State of Michigan Required by law Providing adequate food, water and shelter to outside animals. A well-built, insulated, sloped-roof doghouse that is off the ground and protected from strong winds.

Cats should be kept indoors or at least brought into a warm, pet-proof garage or shed in severe weather. It’s also important to remember that cats often seek out the warmth of car engines, so knock on the hood or blow the horn before starting the car to give them a chance to escape.

Pet owners who don’t follow the law will be guilty of an animal cruelty violation, which carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, community service and forfeiture of the right to keep a pet for a specified amount. can Time

To report pets left outside without proper shelter in Detroit, residents can call the Detroit Animal Control hotline at 313-922-DOGS (3647).

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  • Tia Graham is a reporter and weekend edition host for 101.9 WDET. He graduated from Michigan State University where he had the unique honor of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.

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