It's one of the longest cold stretches central Illinois has seen in some time and local authorities are reminding residents to remember your pets and their well being this time of the year.
Melanie Kinney is the new Animal Control Officer in DeWitt County and she reminds residents outdoor pets need to be brought indoors during these frigid stretches and provided adequate drinking water, food and blankets or things to keep warm.
Kinney says it would be best if pets are not out more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time during these cold stretches. She encourages a call to law enforcement or the Animal Control office if you see or know of a pet in distress.
Authorities remind pet owners, if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet.