Pet owners urged to bring pets inside for Tuesday night freeze

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- A hard freeze warning has been issued for much of North Central Florida Tuesday night.

With the cold temperatures, the weather has not only us bundled up, but our pets as well.

It's a common belief that dogs and cats can handle the cold because of their fur, but officials said this isn't the case.

If your pets have to stay outside, a solid shelter with blankets, and plenty of food and water, is the best way to protect them from the elements, but officials with Marion County Animal Services said it's best to bring your furry friends inside when it gets cold outside.

"They can't tell us that they're cold, when we're cold, we put our jackets on. Being that it's going to be in the 20's and the wind chill in the teens, it's just better to bring your animals inside with cold temperatures like this," Marion County Animal Control Coordinator, Scott Anderson said.

Livestock including horses will also need extra warmth. Animal Services will be blanketing all horses in their care.

All of their domestic animals will also be brought into heated kennels, with blankets.