It is up to us to protect pets during cold weather

Dear fellow citizens,

Now that the cold weather is here, please keep watch for animals who are left out in the elements without any way of getting shelter. These animals have no way of helping themselves. They are totally dependent on us to take care of them. Please, keep watch for them, in the cities, villages, towns. They can be anywhere. If you see a helpless dog, or cat, or horse, please, call someone — your local animal control officer or law enforcement officer. Please, don’t let an animal suffer or die because you were afraid to speak up.

DONNA RULISON

Johnstown