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Animal welfare agencies throughout the Northeast urged pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their companion animals during the blizzard forecast for New England and New York this weekend.
"Animals rely solely on their human caregivers for safety and comfort—especially during winter storms," said Joanne Bourbeau, northeastern regional director for The Humane Society of United States. "Anyone in the path of this extreme weather and potential power outages should include their pets in preparations, including stocking up on pet food and supplies."
Currently as much as three feet of snow is predicted for some areas, and Winter Storm Nemo is expected to cause a number of power outages in its wake.
Bourbeau also reminded dog owners to make sure that their pets have all their tags on when going for walks -- as it is easy for animals to become distracted and run off. Smaller dogs and older dogs should have coats when outside in extreme weather and owners should limit their play time outside to make sure that they do not suffer from cold.