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Protect pets: Report animal cruelty, neglect during cold weather

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It is against the law to leave a pet outdoors without any shelter when temperatures drop below freezing, according to Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS). 

If you see this happen to any pet, take note of all information: where the pet was found, date and location. Report this information to CCACS by calling (361) 826-2489. There is an informational section on animal neglect and abuse on their website.

The best thing to do for any pet in the cold weather: keep them inside.

There are also important cold weather safety tips to keep your furry friend from experiencing any health issues during the colder months, such as not bathing or grooming your pets as often in the winter months.

"Longer hair for those animals that have to stay outside or maybe even in an area not as warm like a garage," Rob Perkins with Tejas Veterinary Clinic said. "That hair is there for a purpose, you know, and it can have, protect that skin from the wind and from the cold chills that they get"

Dogs burn extra energy in the cold, so it is recommended that owners keep pet's bellies full.

Nutrition builds energy and so energy consumed, they can create some heat," Perkins said. "So a dog that's in good body condition is gonna adapt to the adverse temperatures much much better than a dog who's skinny and has no energy reserve."

It's also best to towel dry your pets after being outside and in the case you have to leave your pet outside, make sure the pup is clear of drafts and has plenty of bedding to keep warm.

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