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Emily LaForme
The Marion County Animal Shelter advises that if pet owners must keep their animals outside, they should have insulated doghouses for the animals to shelter in. The doghouses should be dry, facing away from the wind, preferrably elevated from the ground, and should have straw or hay inside as well.
Protect your pets during extreme cold

With dropping temperatures, people are more inclined to stay inside in the warmth rather than be exposed to the cold. However, animals left outside may end up suffering through the weather, or end up dropped off at an animal shelter.
Kay Turpin, animal control officer and manager of the Marion County Animal Shelter, says the shelter has seen a recent increase in animals getting turned over to the shelter, due in part, to the cold weather.