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How to keep your pet safe in the frigid weather

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- As the Southern Tier faces cold temperatures it's also important to keep a close eye on our furry friends.

12 News stopped by the Broome County Humane Society Thursday to learn about the precautions staff members are taking.

Leaders say they're only bringing the animals outdoors for short periods of time to use the bathroom and get some exercise.

Humane Society staff members also say pet owners should always check pets for signs of frostbite. 

"We've already had a couple dogs that've come through to us who've been abandoned," Karen Matson, the Executive Director at the Broome County Humane Society, said. "They've had frostbite, so we're treating that medically. So people need to also be aware of, you know does their dog's skin look red? Are their paws cracked, is the tips of their ears damaged? If they see anything like that, they really need to seek veterinary attention."

A good rule of thumb according to leaders at the Human Society, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet.

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