BEND, OR -- The Humane Society of Central Oregon reminds pet owners to protect their dogs or cats from the cold weather as we’ve had the last week. Lynne Ouchida with the society says pets need to be protected. She says "They need to take some precautionbs. Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, nose and feet if left outside too long." She added, "There are laws thast you must provide a dog house with a bed and a fglap to block cold air." Ouchida says northern breeds of dogs with their thick fur do better in cold weather than single coated dogs like pit bulls. She says however all animals must be protected in severe weather situations. Ouchida also says pet owners need to take extra care to protect their senior age animals in cold weather.