SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Humane Society of Utah is urging pet owners to take their animals indoors to keep them safe from these frigid temperatures.
Tyler Broberg would do anything for his dog Cash. In fact, he has. He sustained severe burns to his back after saving Cash when his house caught on fire last month.
Broberg said, "Our dog is our baby. I had to go in and get him."
Luckily Cash was okay. He's a happy puppy who spends his days playing with his family inside, but some dogs aren't so lucky. Others spend their days stuck outdoors in below freezing temperatures.
Gene Baierschmidt, the Director of the Humane Society of Utah says it's very important in cold weather that animals have the proper protection outside. "Any time it's below freezing, but in these extreme temperatures they can freeze to death very fast."
Just because dogs have fur doesn't mean they can survive outdoors. Only certain breeds can sustain these frigid temps.
Baierschmidt said, “Even though they have warm coats, there are only a few breeds like Malamutes and Huskies that can stay out all the time in weather like this.”
Dogs like Cash definitely can’t stay outdoors for long periods of time. The Humane Society suggests short-haired dogs should have sweaters on and after a walk should have their paws checked to make sure there’s no snow or ice between their toes. If your dogs have to be outdoors you should have a proper run that’s elevated off the ground, make sure you have blankets or straw in their shelter and you constantly have to check their water to make sure it hasn’t frozen over.