With frigid temperatures expected for much of the week, it's time to remember the safety of our furry friends.

The Oneida County District Attorney's Office is reminding residents that any dog left outside must be provided with appropriate shelter that:

(1)     Has a waterproof roof;

(2)     Is structurally sound and appropriately insulated to protect the dog from the inclement weather,

(3)     Is of sufficient size to allow the dog freedom of movement including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with its limbs outstretched; and

(4)     Allow for the effective removal of excretions or other waste material.

The DA's Office says any dog owner who fails to provide appropriate shelter could be arrested and prosecuted for any injuries the dog suffers.

Meanwhile, John Treen, Shelter Manager at the Stevens Swan Humane Society, says with weather like this, you shouldn't leave your pets outside for an extended period of time.

Treen says you'll want to let them out in short intervals and then bring them back in.