Look out for animals this winter, charity urges
THE Scottish SPCA is urging people in Milngavie and Bearsden to keep animals safe this winter.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity has issued advice to pet owners, farmers and wildlife enthusiasts ahead of the arrival of winter weather.
SSPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Freezing temperatures and deep snow can be very dangerous for domestic pets, equines, farm animals and wildlife.
“We strongly advise owners to keep their dogs on leads at all times when walking near frozen water.
“People should never go after a dog if it runs onto ice as, although it may be able to hold the weight of a dog, is unlikely to hold the weight of a human.
“Each winter there are cases where dogs fall through ice, which can have tragic consequences for the dogs and their owners.
“Cat owners should also make adequate provisions for their pets by ensuring they have access to somewhere warm when the temperature drops.
“All animals kept outdoors should have shelter, extra food, plenty of bedding and must have access to unfrozen drinking water.
“In the worst winter weather, owners of rabbits and other pets kept in outdoor hutches should move them inside where possible.
“The level of snowfall and treacherous conditions can make it hard for farmers to monitor their animals but, again, it is vital that they have access to unfrozen drinking water and food.
“It is also kind to feed wild birds at this time of year as their natural food sources will be scarce.”
Anyone who finds an animal in distress over the winter period is being encouraged to contact the SSPCA for help and advice.
Chief Supt Flynn added: “Last year we received a high volume of calls relating to animals stranded in deep snow, particularly farm animals and horses.
“We also dealt with a large number of wildlife casualties such as hedgehogs found struggling to survive and orphaned and injured seal pups.
“Anyone who spots a sick, injured or distressed animal should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”
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Weather for Milngavie
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 11 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 5 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: North east