<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, December 4th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – A local non-profit is urging all pet owners to take care of their animals throughout the winter months.

Temperatures will remain below freezing this week and the Tuscarawas County Humane Society is urging anyone with an outside animal to provide a few essentials.

Shelter Director Haley Predragovich says any indoor animals should have limited outside exposure, especially when temperatures dip and snow is on the ground.

Individuals are encouraged to give pets a little extra food and to just try to keep furry animals warm.

“If you do happen to have an outside pet, definitely making sure that they have straw and a heated water bowl to make sure that their water dish does not freeze over.”

Predragovich adds that a shelter for outside cats can be affordably made using dollar store items.

“Where you just get a tote of some sort, cut a little hole in it, and then get the [Styrofoam] cooler insulation, and then also putting straw and a warm bed in there.”

Anyone who sees a pet outside without any shelter or food is urged to contact the abuse hotline at 330-343-6060.

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