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Winter chill

Its been a bone chilling winter so far and it isn't letting up. This coming Tuesday we may be getting another storm. I've heard rumors from different people saying a possibility of 10 to 30 inches of snow. The 30 inches of snow seems a little unbelievable, but hey, you never know. I better stock up on some bread and milk before the shelves are bare and I have to resort to eating leftovers.

I'm all for being prepared for a storm, but we need to consider others who aren't as fortunate. I often think of the homeless people around Indianapolis, and pray that they are able to make it to a shelter when the weather is brutal outside. I also think of the wild animals that could use a little helping hand with the cold temperatures, like making sure bird feeders are filled.

I have a problem with irresponsible pet owners that don't seem to have the common sense to bring their animals indoors when cold weather hits. It horrified me to hear the stories of abused and neglected animals after our last big storm. I can't imagine what goes through a persons mind when they leave a pet outdoors.

The ASPCA suggest that during the winter months, you need to make sure your pet has warm shelter that is off the floor and away from drafts. It is also important after walking your dog that you wipe off their stomach and legs when they return inside because of possible dangerous chemicals. Pets can ingest salt and antifreeze when they lick their paws. If there are outside cats in your area, make sure you bang loudly on your car hood before you start the engine because cats will sometimes seek refuge from the cold under the hood of a vehicle.

We have an obligation to take of all animals when harsh weather occurs. We should all do our part to protect them. If you see an animal that needs help, report the owner to local law enforcement. You can also contact the Humane Society of the United States at 202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676 to receive expert counsel if you know of an abused animal.

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