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Dangerous Cold Concerns Animal Control

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As temperatures dip to dangerous levels, Animal Control is checking on those left outside.

"It's very possible that your animal could die outside in this kind of weather," said Hall County Animal Control Officer Alyssa Nesiva.

On Monday, the owner of a husky was warned after officers found him near a tiny kennel with frozen water and a small blanket.

"If they're just on the concrete, we've seen dogs literally be frozen to the ground," said Nesiva.

Jibral Joncilec, of Grand Island, has been watching his dogs closely.

"I try to put some hay and cover the kennel with some tarps and try to keep checking the water," he said.

"Water is going to freeze very fast so you need to be out there often checking water for them," said Nesiva.

Some dogs saw five gallons of water freeze in two hours Monday.

Still, Hall County Animal Control officers aren't getting many calls.

"It does concern us a little bit. We usually expect it to blow up when it gets cold," said Nesiva.

They hope it's a sign pet owners are taking precautions, not that people just aren't reporting animals left in dangerous conditions.

Officers say if you see an animal without food, water or protection from the elements, call them immediately.

Usually the pet owner will get a warning, but on days like Monday, Nesiva said they're more likely to take your animal just to keep it safe.

Hall County Animal Control can't do what they call "welfare checks" after hours; so they encourage you to not wait to report.

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