Paterson animal control officer warns residents to take pets in from the cold

Animal advocates say some people just don?t realize how dangerous frigid temperatures and strong winds can be for animals. On Wednesday, Paterson's Animal Control Officer John DeCando checked out several complaints from people worried about their neighbors' pets. DeCando found two miniature pinchers that were left out in the cold for hours. The owner of the dogs was confronted and given a warning. DeCando said leaving a pet out in the cold in punishable with a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both. Anyone who sees a pet being mistreated should call a local animal control office.

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