Keeping large animals safe in the winter months

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PARADISE TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- When it comes to being mindful of pets in this bitter cold, dogs and gets probably come to mind. But what about the larger animals that can’t be brought inside?

Believe it or not, Pedro the Horse who lives in Monroe County enjoys the cold weather. But with harsh single digits and whipping winds, employees at Mountain Creek Riding Stables in Paradise Township say they’re not a huge fan.

These riding stables are usually open year-round, but not the past few days. The horses are being kept inside the stable, where they stay warm huddled close together. And at nighttime, they aren’t allowed to free roam outside like they usually would.

In the meantime, the stable’s owner is chipping ice from a nearby creek, which the horses like to cross.

“Usually the bigger animals tend to do a lot better in this type of weather,” said trail guide Jaiden Capozzolo.

Much like horses, cows grow a thicker coat in the wintertime to keep them warm.

“They can withstand quite a bit of cold,” said Dr. Sankar Sastri, owner of Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary.

Dr. Sastri runs his cow sanctuary in Jackson Township, He saves the animals from slaughter and they become more like pets.

He says the cows choose to stay outside because they like the sunshine, but at night they’ll make their way into the warm, hay-filled barn.

“I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and we never had this kind of winter,” said Dr. Sastri.

He had to find creative ways to keep his pets warm. He hung carpet on the barn doors to help block out the wind.

“I put one heater,” said Dr. Sastri. “I should put a couple more in the future, that’s what I plan to do.”

Officials are both the horse stable and the cow sanctuary sat they check on their animals regularly to make sure they aren’t shivering. Both have blankets handy.

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