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Officials receive complaints of inadequate cold weather protection for animals


Animals held primarily outside must have access to shelter that adequately protects from the elements (courtesy: Linda Leger)
Animals held primarily outside must have access to shelter that adequately protects from the elements (courtesy: Linda Leger)

Staff writers

January 26, 2013 — The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) received numerous complaints this week about pets and livestock that appeared to be abandoned in the cold, without adequate protection, by their owners.

According to the government, animals held primarily outside must have access to shelter that adequately protects from the elements and allows the animal to maintain its body heat.

With the current cold, animals can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite in just a few minutes' time.

MAPAQ recommends providing water and sufficient food to meet the daily energy needs of the animals, which are increased during extreme cold events.

People who violate these regulations are subject to fines.

With files from the Canadian Press

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