Ingham County Animal Control is bringing in extra officers this weekend due to the extreme cold weather mid-Michigan is expected to get.
Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman says they're already getting calls from people concerned about animals being left out in the cold, like a dog tangled on a chain that can't reach its shelter, shivering on a patch of ice and a mother cat with three-day old kittens inside a vacant house with no electricity.
The shelter will have Animal Control Officers working overtime Sunday to respond to calls and reach as many animals in need as possible. The shelter, located at 600 Curtis Street in Mason, is normally closed on Sunday, but will be open from 12pm to 3pm to accept any animals left outside in the extreme temperatures.
"Cats and dogs left outdoors during this bitter cold could be confiscated and their owners cited with animal cruelty", says McAloon-Lampman. "In these bitter and extreme temperatures we will find victims of frostbite and when the snow melts, there will be victims of hypothermia that paid the ultimate price-- their life. We want to prevent that from happening. The best thing owners can do is bring their pets inside."
Concerned residents are asked to call the shelter tip line at 517-676-8376 if they see an animal that needs help. If it is after 4pm on Saturday or Sunday, residents will need to call their local law enforcement agency.