TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. --- People aren't the only ones being affected by this week's freezing temperatures.
Experts at the SPCA Serving Erie County said pet owners should never keep their furry friends outside too long. Pets should be monitored and kept away from antifreeze, rock salt and other poisonous winter supplies.
SPCA officials said an owner's instincts should overrule those of a pet when it comes to an animal's safety.
"Animals just don't have the capability of knowing what's best for them beyond their instincts," said SPCA spokesperson Gina Browning. "So if an animal is having a good time outside, that's wonderful, let the dog stay outside, just for a little while."
The SPCA is now able to enforce the "Shelter Law," which allows the group to remove pets from owners who leave animals in inadequate housing during inclement weather.