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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky., (LEX 18) -- With temperatures dropping into the teens and wind chills in the single digits, leaders at the Jessamine County Animal Shelter say people should be sure to bring their pets inside.

LEX 18 meteorologists predict temperatures will stay in the 20s and below throughout the week. That creates a dangerous situation for cats and dogs, according to Frank Rugierro with the Jessamine County Animal Shelter.

"If you have outdoor animals and they stay outdoors... if they don't have adequate shelter, they need to be brought inside," he said. 

Adequate shelter must, "be structurally sound, with a solid floor, enclosed sides or walls, and must be properly ventilated.  The shelter shall be sanitary and weather/waterproof," according to a Jessamine County ordinance. 

"Certain breeds would be OK in this weather, but not all breeds and we just recommend that everybody bring their animals inside when the temperature gets this low," Rugierro said. 

An ordinance in the county requires dogs to be brought inside if temperatures get dangerously high or low. 

"It shall be unlawful to allow canines to remain outdoors during extreme weather conditions. Canines must be moved indoors or to an area that provides protection from the extreme weather condition," the ordinance says.    

Workers at the shelter take precautions to keep the animals warm, Rugierro said, like reinforcing windows with extra layers of plastic and making sure all dogs have bedding. 

If community members see a dog left outside without shelter they can call the Jessamine County Animal Shelter at 859-881-0821 or after hours at 859-887-5447.

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