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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2014
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez
bohorquez@miamidade.gov
305-418-7155

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department advises pet owners to keep their pets warm and safe during cold weather


MIAMI, January 6, 2014 – Miami-Dade County Animal Services reminds pet owners to consider their pet’s safety during the cold weather expected this evening. It is recommended that all pets be kept inside with a warm place to sleep this evening and during any period of cold weather.

If a pet cannot be brought inside the home they need to have access to proper shelter and bedding for warmth. A shelter for outdoor dogs is required, by law, at all times to protect the animal from the elements. Puppies and senior dogs do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and it is crucial they be kept indoors tonight.

Outdoor cats tend to seek warmth found under the hood of cars, therefore, if there are outdoor cats in your area it is advisable to lightly tap the hood to allow any cats the chance to escape prior to starting the engine.

“As we prepare ourselves and our families to keep warm this evening, it is important to also consider the safety and comfort of our extended family members such as our precious pets as well,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services.