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MECOSTA, OSCEOLA, LAKE COUNTIES — As the new year brings new, colder temperatures, local animal shelters remind pet owners to not only bundle themselves up, but to think of their pets and how to keep them safe.
“(The cold) can be fatal to dogs and cats without shelter,” Osceola County Animal Control Director Michelle Kuz said. “I always cringe every time the wind blows and it’s cold and the temperatures are taking a dip south. I always wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning and worry about those that I don’t know about that don’t have the shelter — that nobody thought to call in.”