Even if you do not allow your dog inside the home, special accommodations must be taken to keep them safe and warm.

Even before temperatures drop to freezing, dogs left outside without the proper provisions can die.

Especially vulnerable in the cold temperatures are older and senior dogs, young puppies, sick or health compromised dogs, thin dogs and dogs with short coats.

All dogs are at risk of hypothermia, even dogs with long or double coated coats such as Siberian Huskies, German Shepherd Dogs, Akitas, Pyrenees & Newfoundlands, despite the common misconception that they aren’t.

As the guardian of a pet, it is your responsibility to ensure they are properly provided for.

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and most jurisdictions have strict laws in place which require proper shelter for all outdoor dogs and insulation such as straw, inside of doghouses.

If you are not providing proper shelter for your outdoor dog, you can be cited for non compliance & taken to court.

During the cold winter months, NMDOG, along with animal control departments across the state receive an endless stream of reports from concerned citizens regarding cold, outdoor dogs.

If you need help or for more info on how to keep outdoor dogs warm, click here.