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La Crosse County residents urged to bring animals inside as dangerous wind chills bear down on area

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If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your animal.

The message has been everywhere this week and still, La Crosse County’s animal control supervisor Kathy Kasakaitis says she still receives several complaints per day on animals being chained up amid the freezing temps.

Negative temperatures are a consistent theme in the forecast over the next week with wind chills described as dangerous.

“If you are taking them out for walks, make the walks a lot shorter,”
Kasakaitis said. “I would say nothing more than 20 minutes. Longer than that and the temperatures can be deadly for an animal.”

There are consequences if animal control receives reports of your pet suffering in the cold.

“If we know the animal is suffering, we can impound it,” Kasakaitis said. “We’ll definitely give the owner a chance to correct the issue, but they could be cited or have their pet removed from their home.”

Dog houses should be out of the wind and filled with straw. Also make sure you are continually changing the water so it doesn’t freeze.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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