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Tazewell Co. police rescue animals from cold

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After the cold temperatures Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, Tazewell County police rescued some pets left outside.

Deputies and Animal Control officers picked up several dogs suffering from the cold overnight 
and brought them to the animal shelter where they would be safe.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt urges you to bring your pets inside when it's cold, or build a shelter for them outside where they can stay warm.

And if your power's out, he says it's ok to leave pets home if you seek shelter somewhere else.

"Warming stations are set up to where they're not able to accomodate animals, but the animals have a natural fur coat," he said.  "If you put them inside your house, with food and water, and a blanket, then they're going to be just fine. Even if your house is without electricity. If your house is 30 degrees inside, the animal is going to be fine until you get back and the power is restored."

Sheriff Hieatt adds if these pets had not been picked up so quickly, they could have died from exposure to the extremely cold temperatures.

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