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For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2014
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Miami-Dade County Animal Services reminds pet owners to keep their pets warm and safe durig cold weather


(Miami, February 13, 2014) – Miami-Dade County Animal Services recommends that all pets be kept inside with a warm place to sleep this evening and during any period of cold weather.

Pets that cannot be brought inside the home 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. It is crucial that puppies and senior dogs be kept inside indoors tonight as they do not tolerate cold weather well.

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

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Over 27,000 pets are abandoned each year at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite, re-home or find a Rescue Partner for the animals.  The Department is also responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Florida State Statutes pertaining to animal cruelty and neglect.  For more information, please call 311 or visit our website at

It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-418-7188 at least five days in advance.