January 8th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Bone-chilling temps spark extra precautions at animal shelter

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Staff at the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter took extra precautions to make sure all of the pets were taken care of during this week’s “Polar Vortex.”

Photo by Brandon Hicks Pups in permanent kennels were joined by dogs normally housed outdoors as extremely cold weather led Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter officials to update living arrangements.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Pups in permanent kennels were joined by dogs normally housed outdoors as extremely cold weather led Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter officials to update living arrangements.

Shelter Manager April Jones said starting Sunday night, all of the outdoor dogs were moved inside and placed in temporary crates until the deep freeze has passed. All of the cats are kept indoors regardless of the weather.

“We knew this was coming so we moved them all inside,” Jones said. “We will probably move them back out on Thursday when it is not supposed to be so cold anymore. It is going to make for tight quarters for a while.”

The shelter was closed Monday and Tuesday because of the snow and cold, but staff was still on hand to make sure the cats and dogs were taken care of.

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