FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Allen County SPCA is encouraging pet owners to keep their pets inside.
When pets are left outside they can become disoriented, lost, or stolen.
Just as much as they roam in the summer, they roam just as much in the winter, so it's easy for dogs to get out this time of year.
“If they're outdoors and they're not let back indoors, they might seek heat somewhere else, so it's very common for dogs to get out this time of year especially. We're seeing a lot of reports of dogs running stray in the community right now that could potentially be deadly for those animals. Dogs and cats alike so we're encouraging everyone to bring your companion animals inside," Executive Director Jessica Henry said.
Also, exposure to winter's dry, cold air, and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy skin.