Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Date: September 29, 2016
Dover (Sept. 29, 2016) - Rainy weather not only makes life harder for humans, it can make life harder for pets who spend time outdoors. Because parts of Delaware are seeing heavy rain, the Division of Public Health's Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) reminds people to take extra special care of their pets.
Tips for keeping your pet comfortable during potentially stormy weather:
Under Senate Bill 217, legislation sponsored by State Sen. Patricia Blevins, dogs cannot be left outdoors during hazardous weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service. The Service has issued a flash flood watch for the state today, which extends through 4:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. A coastal flood advisory also is in effect through 2:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30. However, no warning has been issued at this time. The Division of Public Health urges people to closely monitor weather updates.
"Pets can be affected by stormy weather, even in mild conditions," said OAW Executive Director Hetti Brown. "Taking a few precautions can help your pet manage rainy weather more safely and easily."
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary drinks.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.