POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 4:50pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A cold front is hovering over the Valley today, but people aren't the only ones affected by the cold weather.
Animals in the Valley aren't immune to cold.
Texas state law says that if the temperature is below 32 degrees, animals must be brought into a shelter that has four walls and a roof to protect them from the windchill.
But the city of Brownsville has a different ordinance regarding how to properly take care of animals in the cold.
"The city ordinance states that they must have a doghouse, food and water at all times," said Brownsville Animal and Regulation Care Center supervisor Robert Dippong. "If the animal doesn't have a doghouse, then it's very...it could probably be issued a citation by the animal control officers if they were to find that the animal doesn't have a doghouse. They'd need to bring the animal inside."
Shelter reps say that if you have nowhere to take the animal, bringing them blankets and extra cushions will help keep them warm.