Fisheries and Land Resources
February 20, 2019

Public Advisory: Pet Owners Encouraged to Keep Animals Inside

With parts of Newfoundland and Labrador under an Extreme Cold Warning, the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is reminding residents that cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather or have access to an insulated dog house.

For dogs that live outside, the requirements for an adequate dog house are outlined in the Basic Standards of Dog Care within the Animal Protection Standards Regulations www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/annualregs/2012/nr120036.htm. This is the law in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of below freezing temperatures however no pet should be left unprotected from the elements when an extreme cold warning is in place.

Environment Canada is forecasting a prolonged period of very cold wind chills for many parts of the province. Residents and communities should keep in mind that safety is very important when dealing with adverse weather and the extreme cold and are encouraged to monitor local weather forecasts for changing conditions, listen to local radio stations for important messages from authorities, and to ensure every effort is made to prepare for adverse weather throughout the winter season.

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Media contact
Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409
connieboland@gov.nl.ca

2019 02 20                              3:30 p.m.