The ‘feels like’ temperature in Chestermere is expected to remain well below -30OC for the next few days and Chestermere Peace Officers are reminding residents to keep pets inside.
“We have received a few complaints about animals being left outside too long or not properly sheltered,” says Peace Officer Shawn Press. “If you shouldn’t be outside for long periods, neither should your pet.”
Press indicated that a situation happened recently where a resident left a dog tied up outside a local grocery store for nearly 20 minutes when the temperature was near -40.
Staff brought the dog inside to warm up and called the Peace Officers to investigate. The owner was charged under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide the animal with reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold.
“The extreme weather we are experiencing right now is brutal on people and animals. Even if your pet is not normally allowed inside, remember that these are not normal conditions. Owners need to take extra precautions to protect their animals during this extreme cold,” said Press.
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association advises that ‘when the temperature reaches -25C, dogs and cats shouldn’t be outside even with a great doghouse, except for brief bathroom breaks.’ Peace Officer Press says that if pets must remain outdoors, they must have a properly constructed and heated shelter with direct access to food and water (not frozen water) and the use of a heated bowl is recommended.
If you see an animal in distress, call the Community Peace Officers at 403-207-7058 or the Alberta SPCA at 1-800-455-9003.
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