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Keep pets in mind during freeze warning

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(WMC-TV) - A freeze warning is in effect for much of the Mid-South Tuesday night. With that being said, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County wants you to make sure your pets are protected.

With the temperatures dropping, time outside for your pet should be limited.

"Not long, maybe 30 minutes, 45 minutes. Long enough for them to do their business and get a little exercise," said Larry Brooks, who walks dogs at the humane society.

Humane society staffers say dogs can get hypothermia just like humans, so when temperatures get below freezing, your pets should be brought inside.

"If that's not possible, maybe bring them on the porch, garage," said Katie Pemberton, Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. "If none of those are options, the legal requirement is to have a shelter."

One of the best ways to protect your pets from the cold is to consider the same concerns you would have if you, or someone you know was out in the cold.

The warning is not just for dogs. It goes for other animals, too.

If you see your pet shivering or acting inattentive, they may be suffering from the cold and you need to protect them.

"But obviously if they are showing outward signs being cold, like shivering they need to come inside," said Pemberton.

And if for some reason your pet stays in a shelter outdoors, remember to check their food and water to make sure they are not frozen.

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